Daniel McNamara and his wife returned to their Detroit home last month around 6 p.m. As the McNamara’s entered their home, two men approached them from behind and ordered them inside the home at gunpoint. The suspects told the McNamara’s to turn around so they wouldn’t remember their faces while they stole jewelry, cash, cell phones, and other valuables.
By Jason Hanson The intruders ordered the couple down into the basement and repeatedly told the couple not to look at them or they would shoot them in the face. While downstairs, one of the criminals walked back toward the stairs at which point Daniel grabbed a handgun he had hidden in the basement. Daniel fired two shots hitting one of the suspects as they both fled the house to a waiting car.
Obviously, Daniel probably saved himself and his wife by having a hidden gun in his basement, because you never know what horrific actions two men with guns in your house are capable of.
This is why I’m a firm believer in having a gun in every room of your house. You never know when someone will break in and you may be cleaning up the kitchen after dinner when you need to stop an intruder or you may be in the basement watching TV. To ensure you’re not caught off guard wherever in the house you are, where can you safely hide a gun? When thinking about places to hide guns in your home there are three critical things to consider. You must make sure the guns are secure from children, easy for you to access, and out of sight. What I mean is, you don’t want to keep your shotgun hanging above your mantel for a criminal to walk in and steal.
Within the last few years, there has been an increase in the popularity of hidden places within furniture to hide guns. Clearly, the biggest advantage of hiding guns inside furniture is that it’s discreet, easy to access, and all of us have it. The fact is, when you hide weapons inside furniture you avoid having to fidget with heavy metal doors and big bulky locks that are on many traditional gun safes.
I recently spoke with a client who went to access his guns from his large standard safe and the battery for the keypad was dead. Luckily for him this was not an emergency situation but this is one of the many drawbacks to storing all your guns in a large standard safe.
As I just mentioned, with the rapid increase of gun sales in the last few years there has also been a surge in furniture manufactures that produce pieces for storing weapons. One popular company that is producing this type of furniture is called Stealth Furniture. They’re a relatively new company and they sell mostly small furniture such as coffee tables, entry tables, and dressers. All of these pieces can store long guns or pistols and easily open on the end so you can retrieve your firearm.
Another popular company for gun storage in furniture is called Secret Compartment Furniture. By far, this company has the widest selection of furniture and color options. They sell everything from small end tables to large bed sets that have hidden storage areas. One of the pieces they sell is a bed that has a hidden compartment at the top of the headboard. This gives you plenty of room to hide a long gun or any valuables.
Another company you may want to check out is called New Jersey Concealment Furniture. The great thing about this company is they’ll make your piece custom and allow you to pick out all the options you would like such as color and the locking mechanism. They make mostly furniture but do have some smaller options such as a wooden coat rack with a hidden compartment. The top portion of the coat rack opens up and you can store a pistol. All three of these companies offer different options so I would check them out and see if a large piece or small piece better fits your needs.
Now, as James Bondish as some of these furniture items appear they do have a few drawbacks. The biggest misconception is that people think they can hide their guns and not worry about kids finding them. Trust me, if there is a way to open a hidden door on furniture or a button to push, my kids could find it. So please remember, you still need to make sure the locks are always secure and children can’t access the guns.
Second, you need to remember that furniture is not fireproof. So, if you have an antique gun that was passed down generations, you want to consider keeping it in a fireproof safe. Most homeowners insurance policies to do not cover firearms, or if it does cover your firearms, it may be only up to a certain amount such as $2,000.
However you choose to store your firearms, you need to remember that it is our responsibility as gun owners to store them safely. So, the next time your spouse says they want to go furniture shopping, you can share a picture of the beautiful table you found for your entry way.
Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer and New York Times bestselling author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life. To get a free credit card knife from Jason, visit www.SpyEscape.com