While many of us conceal, open, or duty carry every day away from home, our mindset relaxes somewhat once we get back to the castle. This leads us to the point: just what do you do at home?
Why armed in the homestead?
According to a United States Department of Justice report an estimated 3.7 million burglaries occur each year, with nearly a third of these being conducted while someone is at home. This leads to an eye-opening figure that 38 percent of assaults and a staggering 60 percent of rapes occur during home invasions. These crimes are often botched burglaries where criminals encounter occupants in what they thought was an empty residence.
Sometimes, however, the occupants themselves are the target of the invasion.
Many who would keep a loaded firearm in a home chose to do so in a lockbox. This is especially true in homes with small children or frequent visitors. These small containers secure 'hot' guns from curious little fingers and the occasional lazy burglar, while still giving an authorized user access. These are sold in a myriad of designs ranging from $25-$500 and use finger combinations, lock and key, or even biometrics to open. The downside of these boxes is that they need precious seconds to get to. Time you may not have in a fight like the video above.
This concept takes the lockbox concept and expands on it. Rather than have a single box, usually in the master bedroom, have several boxes spread throughout the home.
One friend, a probation officer who has had thousands of satisfied clients and dozens of not so happy ones, keeps a Remington Spartan SXS 12-gauge in the umbrella can by the door, a .38 in the bathroom, an old Ballester Molina in the kitchen cupboard, and a crowd pleasing Remy 870 in the bedroom. Of course, he lives alone with no curious kids around, so your needs and solution may be different. Still, if you move about your home and have a weapon in just about every room, the odds of having one nearby when you need it just went up. One worry with this concept is that it can also lead to arming an intruder with one of your own guns that they stumble across. Using individual lockboxes for each hot firearm around the house is ideal.
With that in mind, the prepositioner's rule of thumb is: don't leave unsecured firearms out in plain sight, and never have accessible guns out where children are present.
Open Carry (behind closed doors)
While the single bedroom lockbox, or prepositioned arsenals may give you the upper hand in a home invasion if given a few seconds warning, there is still no guarantee you can reach them in time to repel boarders. The only way to be sure that you are within 2-seconds of being able to draw and fire at an attacker inside your home during your waking hours is to be armed with a handgun on your person. Naturally, this may be a little extreme for some, especially in urban areas. However, those in a more rural environment may find it more attractive.
In the course of my travels during the average day, I always leave the house armed. Usually this is a 30/70 split involving my day job where I carry an issued SIGP229 on a duty belt in a level III retention holster, or carrying a personal off duty handgun in a concealed holster. While I take my duty belt off when I get home, I often leave my backup gun on for several hours as I eat, do laundry, peck on the laptop, or hangout with the fam. Likewise, when I come home after going out with my CCW piece, I often continue wearing it around the house until time for bed/showers.
While this may be weird to some, it's natural for me. Food for thought.
This horrific video, caught by a hidden 'nanny cam' shows just how brutal, fast, and violent, home invasions can be.