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What I mean by careless storage is people leaving their weapons out in areas that are not well hidden. This presents two problems that are characterized as accidents and thieves. I have a toddler and the last thing in the world that I want is for her to stumble upon one of my guns and seriously hurt or kill herself or someone else by accident. Gun owners need to store their weapons as if there are children in their home, because one day there may be. Prior to my having children my wife and I would have friends and family over who had children. Too often they ended up in our room looking for things to play with. If I didn't have my guns locked and hidden well this could have been a problem
Recently I was helping someone move and I was in their garage and saw several rifle cases strewn about in the garage within open sight. Though the weapons were not loaded and the ammunition was not visible this I feel is just as serious of a problem, the garage was open people were all around both helping with the move and saying there goodbyes. It would have been so easy to walk into the garage and walk out with a arm full of arms. Now you have guns out there in the hands of criminals that have the potential to be used in violent crimes. I am not saying blame doesn't lie with the offenders of the crime, because it does, but you won't see me being an armory for bad guys anytime soon. (As a side note I moved the weapons into my vehicle and locked them until they were ready to be packed in the moving vehicle)
This last example also helps illustrate my next point and that is useless storage. I talk to way too many people that buy guns for "home defense" and "personal protection" that have no access to them. If I a bad guy breaks into your home he usually doesn't want to wait for you to wake up and run to the garage find your gun then load it in order for you to shoot him. Home invaders just don't have that kind of time to wait around, they have others homes to pillage, other people's lives to ruin, police to evade, caskets to pick out, etc. So be respectful to your local bad guys have in a safe place that you can get quick access too because they usually are in a hurry to get someplace, even if it is to the morgue.