Latest gun safes offer security and easy access

Published On: Apr 30 2014 04:18:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 30 2014 06:41:26 PM CDT

Owners are encouraged to keep their weapons locked up, but for home protection purposes it's not always a convenient way to access your fire arm.

The latest gun safes on the market give owners security and easy access if they need it. All it takes for these safes to open up is a key or four-digit combination.

"No one is going to get in here unless they have the keys or the combination, so that makes it really safe. Then you have systems out there where they can even read your finger print," said Travis Howard with Bullseye Shooting Range.

The newest option, that Howard saw at a recent trade show, uses a special bracelet to open up the safe.

"Generally whenever we sell a fire arm, especially to a first time buyer, their main concern is where we are going to store it," Howard added.

Even though every gun sold today comes with a gun lock under an ATF requirement, Howard knows they don't get used as often because of how difficult they are to unlock quickly. That's why safes are becoming more popular, especially in homes with children.

But Howard says teaching kids to respect fire arms is also key.

"I have taught kids as young as five," Howard said. "That is surprisingly a good age, because their minds are like sponges."

The newer safes have been on the market for about 5 years now and they can be pricy. The versions Howard showed us start at $250 and go up from there.