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There are some places in the world and here in the United States, that require gun owners to keep their guns at home, unloaded and locked up in safes. Some locations don’t require gun safes, but many locations highly recommend them to safely store their guns at home. They argue that storing them in a safe prevents children from getting them and accident shooting someone or themselves. Others like myself argue that storing guns in a safe makes them useless for defense of home, family and self.

However, one law enforcement agency is warning gun owners to be wary of storing their guns in gun safes over the holidays, especially if they are out partying New Year’s Eve.

(Loop News) – As people get ready to attend festivities to celebrate the end of 2017 and ring in the New Year next week, police want owners of licensed firearms to take no chances.

Police are actively investigating a case involving a stolen licensed firearm, therefore unable to speak in depth on the matter at hand, they said that other owners need to improve their management practices.

“If you have a licensed firearm you should not be leaving it at home. Going to certain events, you are not permitted to take the firearm. So a suitable place would be at a police station or a dealer for the time frame, but I wouldn’t advise leaving it at home even where there are safes, especially if people are aware that you have firearms,” said the Commissioner of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) Tyrone Griffith.

He was speaking after a walkthrough exercise in Bridgetown last week…

I saw a demonstration showing that how easy it was for two men to break into a full-sized standing gun safe in less than two minutes. Smaller gun safes can easily be carried away, only to be opened at some clandestine location. Burglars often target homes they know have guns safes and they search for them, especially since the larger ones are hard to hide.

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