Storage Options

Mike agreed to let his father change the combination on his gun safe for now.

What is the Veteran willing to do?

Aim for what’s acceptable to the Veteran and what makes things safest.

Store Guns Away from Home Until Things Improve

Relative

Storing firearms with a trusted person is a convenient, free option in many states. NY State law makes this option a little tricky in that transfers even among family members […]

Storage facility

Many self-storage facilities allow gun storage. Typically the smallest unit is 5’ by 5’, but a few offer drawers, which are the least expensive. Prices typically involve an initial fee […]

Gun shops

Some gun shops offer storage services, many don’t, and a few specialize in this service (e.g. provide pick up services, offer discounts for longer-term and multiple-gun storage). Depending on how […]

Gun ranges

Shooting ranges and sportsmen clubs may offer locker rentals for a relatively low monthly rate. Typically, only the owner holds the key.

Pawn shops (outside NYC only)

Pawning guns for a very small loan amount is another storage option. Monthly interest on loans typically runs 15-20% or so. If the owner pawns their guns for a $100 […]

Police/sheriff’s office

Some police departments will temporarily store firearms free of charge for safekeeping if there is a suicide concern. Check with them first for information. If they do, ask for specific […]

Store Guns at Home, But Add Barriers to Access

locking

Lock guns in a gun safe or lock box. Guide to locking options

holding keys

Can someone else hold onto the keys or re-set the combination for now? If no, how about if the Veteran stores the keys away from home (e.g., bank deposit box) to reduce quick access in a suicidal crisis.

unloading

Consider keeping ammunition out of the home for now or locked separately.

disassembling

Another option: disassemble the guns and store a vital part like the slide or firing pin away from home until the veteran is feeling better.

WHAT ABOUT THE SELF-DEFENSE FIREARM?
  • That can be the toughest gun to agree on.
  • But what’s the biggest threat to the family right now? Attack from a stranger or suicide death of the Veteran?
  • Let the Veteran know their family needs them.

A tactical firearm instructor talks about safe storage for your self-defense firearm.

Kevin, a Veteran, father, and counselor, discusses safe storage options.

Is neither relocating nor locking the guns an option?

  • Try other ways to “cause the pause
  • Whatever puts some time and distance between the person and the gun may save a life.
  • Ask the Veteran if there are images, sayings, phone numbers, anything that could help them reconsider their suicidal urge.
  • Would a reminder of a reason to live on the gun safe or ammo box help? Like a picture of their kids or pet? Remember to revisit this as the situation changes (like changes in custody).

Things to Remember and Next Steps