In addition to gun safes, locking devices can further help restrict access to a handgun. A locking device can prevent the gun from being fired accidentally. The following are common locking devices that can be used to secure your handgun.
- A cable lock prevents the action from closing on a live cartridge. To use a cable lock, open the action on your handgun. Run the cable through the openings, and the lock the cable.
- Most guns are sold with a cable lock.
- A trigger lock is designed to fit around the trigger guard of a handgun.
- Common types can be opened by inserting a physical key or inputting a code.
- Sometimes a padlock may be used as a substitute for a trigger lock. Slip the shackle through the trigger guard behind the trigger. This may prevent the trigger on some handguns from being squeezed far enough to fire the gun accidentally.
- A barrel lock is designed to lock the gun from the inside. The insert is made specifically to occupy the same space where a cartridge or a shotshell would be.
- It is typically locked with a key or other special tool.
You may be able to get a free safety kit, including a cable lock, from Project ChildSafe. For more information and to see if the program is available in your area, visit the website at www.projectchildsafe.org.