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What is my responsibility to store my firearm(s)?
You are required by NC General Statute 14-315.1 "Storage of firearms to protect minors" to keep your firearm inaccessible or non-functional when minors may be in proximity.
So.....how does this affect your personal defense firearm? As usual, but now amplified, you must be very vigilant about who might have access to your firearm. Obviously, an unloaded and locked-up firearm does not lend itself to defensive scenarios. We suggest that during awake hours, you keep your firearm with-in arms reach of yourself and out of arms reach of all others. We recommend carrying your defensive firearm on your person in a dependable and comfortable holster that completely covers the trigger.
During sleeping hours, keep your firearm outside of arms reach of your bed AND outside the reach of minors. This is to avoid "accidental mistaken assailant recognition" in that time between sleep and awake. The theory here is that if you have to leave your bed to retrieve your firearm, enough time passes to awaken you to cognizant thought. We recommend a dependable night stand safe that is bolted and firmly secured to your nightstand. There are many models to choose from. Consider a model that utilizes a bracelet style FOB which allows easy access by the wearer only. Under stress and adrenanline dump in the body, fine motor skills and memory will be diminished.
Please give your storage options serious consideration and consult a trusted and knowledgeable person for advice.