This piece has been contributed exclusively for reader’s of SGTreport by our friend Mark (pseudonym below), a firearms industry executive & part-time police officer. If you missed my in-depth interview with Mark in which we talk about the Second Amendment, Liberty and the UN gun ban treaty, please give it a listen, here. ~ SGT
Steps Every Gun Owner Should Take To Help Protect Their Guns & Gun Rights:
by Mark S. Mann,
Theft of legally owned firearms from gun owners is on the increase every year. The NRA, the Media or Law Enforcement never fully covers the severity and depth of this issue. Many of the guns used in crimes are those that our stolen out of the residences of legal gun owners. By taking a few easy and practical steps, you help prevent being a victim of gun theft, and help limit access to criminals that would use your firearms in the commission of a crime. By doing this, over the long term, it will undoubtedly have a positive effect on statistics of crime and gun violence, which are used to attack private gun ownership.
Don’t make it easy for Criminals, Gun Grabbing Police & Federal Agents, or UN Troops to just walk away with your firearms. What good was it having your firearms if they are stolen or easily confiscated when you need them most? If you lose your guns how can they protect you? You also need protect your guns.
This all starts with covering the following steps:
1.) Physical Security
A.) Make Sure Your Weapons Are Stored Securely:
It’s not wise to keep your expensive battery of firearms in a closet, or on a wall gun rack, or in a wooden & glass gun cabinet.
If possible, purchase a high quality gun safe. For the price of a 1 oz. gold coin or less, you can purchase a high quality safe that will also offer fire protection. For those that cannot afford to that type of money, entry level, light weight, safes can be purchased at big box retail storesfor around $200-$300. There are many levels of protection available from $200-$2000.
If you also a physical precious metals holder, you will also have secure storage in your home for those items too! You can stack a lot of precious metals in the extra spaces in your gun safe.
The point is that you need some type of secure storage for your weapons. Not just for physical security against theft, but also against civil or criminal liability in the event your stolen firearms are used in a crime and the victims take legal action against you. Example: Being sued by a potential victim of a crime involving your stolen weapon where you are sued for criminal negligence, or reckless endangerment due to improper, or unsecured storage of a weapon. In many of the mass shootings or active shooter incidents of the last 15 years, the shooters have used weapons taken from family members such as parents, grandparents, or immediate family members. Proper, secure storage may not have stopped the incident from happening, but it could have limited potential civil or criminal liability of those people connected to the shooter.
Besides the financial loss and exposure to legal liability, someday, we may get to the point where you may not be able to replace a firearm at any cost due to changing laws and regulations, and if you can replace it, you may have to settle for a less than perfect replacement at a much higher cost:
2.) Keep a Low Profile:
Remember the old WWII Wartime Saying “Loose lips sinks ships”
A.) Don’t talk to your neighbors or anyone else you are not sure you can trust about what types, and what quantities of weapons and ammo that you own. That goes for prepping items as well. The fewer people that know what you have, the smaller a target you become.
B.) If you have anything that screams “I am a gun owner” or “Hunter” like NRA stickers or “Insured by Smith & Wesson” bumper stickers visible on your car or house, get rid of it. These are signs that say I have guns in my house, follow me home, and rob me when I am not there to stop you. Don’t make yourself an easy target.
C.) Don’t dress like you’re a gun owner! Be careful about the attention firearms related clothing might attract if you ware it at the wrong time and place.
D.) If you are getting Firearms, Ammo, Accessory Items, or prepping gear of any type shipped/ delivered to your home or place of residence, be as discrete as possible. If possible, ask the sources you are purchasing from how they package and label the items you will be receiving. Imagine how boxes of items left at your front door by Fed Ex or UPS labeled ““Explosive / Ammunition 5.56mm” or “Emergency Food Supplies” would look to your neighbors or anyone else that noticed.
3.) Get Some Quality Professional Training:
Just because you have a gun, does not mean that you are trained how to fight with it. I have a good friend that has a saying “Just because you have Tang in your refrigerator that does not make you an astronaut.”
Target shooting is different than gun fighting. If you think you know how to fight with a gun because you can go to your local range and put a nice group on paper at a known distance, with no movement, no stress factors, no time limits, and perfect lighting, you are sadly mistaken. All you are going is making a pile of once fired brass. Seek out quality firearms training in your area and go do it. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars and go to any of the big name training facilities. Having training will enable you to be more effective with your weapons, which will allow you to get the best performance out of them when you really need them!
4.) Make sure that you are well rounded in terms of your preparations:
The “I have guns, so I will get food if I need it” is ridiculous. By acting in this manor, not only will you criminalize yourself, but you will become part of the problem. If things do go bad and you follow this practice, how long do you think you will last? You will not be the only one out there with a gun, and you are not Seal Team 6. Eventually your luck will run out if you get chance a fight every time you need a basic necessity. For those of you that preparedness means guns, guns, and more guns, think again. You need to be well rounded and have at least a 90 day supply of food, water, and basic necessities + whatever personal items you can’t live without. 90 days buys you a lot of time.
With our proper hydration & nutrition, you will not be able to properly and effectively use your weapon. Anyone who disagrees with this needs to do some research on the mental & physical effects of hunger and malnutrition. The US Army studied this extensively during WWII. The data is out there, read it.
5.) Suggestions for personal procurement:
A.) Now is the time to buy! As we approach the elections and after they are over, products will be difficult to find and costs will rise.
B.) No more buying toys or fantasy items: Get Practical! Get the items you really need for the most practical scenarios.
D.) Consolidate you gear: Calibers, Guns, Mags, Gear.
E.) Build Redundancy into your most important capabilities and necessities : “2 is 1, and 1 is None!”