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Hunter is opening a safe with a combination lock.

Hunter

32 left, 49 right, 14 left.

He opens the safe.

Hunter

And this is the best place for your handgun to live when you’re not using or carrying it. If you want to own a handgun, you must assume the responsibility of storing it safely. And the best place to do that is in a safe. I can hear all the “buts” now.

Several shooters are lined up practicing with targets at an indoor range.

Man 1

But I can’t afford a big, fancy gun safe.

Man 2

But I don’t have a place for a big gun safe.

Woman 1

But I keep my gun high on a shelf where no kids can reach it, and no one knows it’s there.

Woman 2

But it takes too long to get my gun from a safe if I need it for protection.

Hunter, holding a boom box on his shoulder and wearing sunglasses

I hate those “buts” and I cannot lie—oh, sorry.

He puts down the boom box and removes the sunglasses.

Hunter

None of those “buts” is a reasonable excuse for not storing your handgun securely under lock and key, where only you can access it.

Man 1

But I can’t afford a big, fancy gun safe.

Hunter

Who said anything about big and fancy? There are lots of safe and strongbox options out there for less than $100. And if that’s still too much, go with a high-quality, hard-sided gun case, a padlock, and a trigger lock. Many handgun makers supply free trigger or cable locks with their new guns. If they don’t, you can get one for free from Project Child Safe.

On screen: www.projectchildsafe.org

Man 2

But I don’t have a place for a big gun safe.

Hunter stands in Man 2’s house.

Hunter

You found room for a fancy four-slice toaster, didn’t you? How about that Turbo Blaster 6,000? Yep. You have one of those.

Hunter flicks a complicated-looking hair dryer on and off.

Hunter

And then there’s that coconut bank thingy you thought would be such a good idea to buy on your vacation to Mazatlán. Really? Well, this real gun safe doesn’t take up any more space than that stuff.

Woman 1

But I keep mine high on a shelf, where no kids could reach it. And nobody knows it’s there.

Hunter

Wow. That should scare the bejeebers out of you.

On screen, a young boy climbs to the top of a closet and pulls down a small wooden box. He places it back on the high shelf and pulls down a gun excitedly.

Hunter

At the very least, lock your gun. Lock it in a hard case and store it up high. Then, if Dennis goes looking where he shouldn’t, at least he won’t be able to open it. Not much appeal for most eight-year-olds in playing with a box.

Woman 2

But it takes too long to get my gun from a safe if I need it for protection.

Hunter

Not with one of these, it doesn’t. Let’s put the clock on it and compare.

On screen, a woman is asleep. Text reads, “Handgun in Nightstand,” and a stopwatch begins. She wakes up to the sound of breaking glass and opens the nightstand drawer. She pulls out a firearm and calls the police. The stopwatch reads 8.66 seconds.

Woman, into phone

Yes, there’s an intruder in my house.

The scene begins again. Text on the screen reads, “Handgun in Biometric Safe.” The stopwatch begins its count. When the glass breaks, the woman reaches over to the safe on top of her nightstand. It opens when she presses her finger to the top. She gets into ready position and calls the police. The stopwatch reads 5.61 seconds.

Woman, into phone

Yes, there’s an intruder in my house.

Hunter

A safe that reads your fingerprints, or even a combination safe you’ve learned to open in the dark, is as fast or faster than keeping the gun unsecured in a drawer full of junk. If you’re going to own and enjoy a handgun, then you have the responsibility to store it safely and securely. No big or small “buts” allowed.