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Nat’l – Gun Safety – Don’t Hide Your Gun Under Your Mattress

PR NET – August 20, 2018 – By Michael Keller | Guns are held in high esteem in the US, and for a good reason! After all, a well-hidden gun in the house can be the only advantage you have against a brutal home invasion until the police come or you even get a chance to notify authorities. However, when I say well-hidden, I don’t mean under the mattress (as so many Americans seem to find appropriate). There are plenty of other good places to hide a weapon in the house, regardless of the fact that you have children roaming around or not.

Guns are held in high esteem in the US, and for a good reason! After all, a well-hidden gun in the house can be the only advantage you have against a brutal home invasion until the police come or you even get a chance to notify authorities.

However, when I say well-hidden, I don’t mean under the mattress (as so many Americans seem to find appropriate). There are plenty of other good places to hide a weapon in the house, regardless of the fact that you have children roaming around or not. Actually, as this family learned a few years back, the mattress may be a horrible place to hide a loaded gun when kids are in the house.

Under the mattress is a good hiding place for cash, valuable documents, and even jewelry, but the gun is a big no-no, and here’s why:

The Gun Will Overheat
The main purpose of a mattress is to provide you with support and heat while you sleep. So, depending on the type of material used, under the mattress can be a hot area, that will keep things toasty. Now, this is great for your body because our temperature drops during slumber, but it’s not good for a gun.

For instance, Peter from Top Mattress is a gun owner and he used to keep a 16-gauge pump under his mattress. But when he got it out for cleaning he noticed the bluing was gone almost completely. This is not something you want to happen to your gorgeous guns, right?

Not to mention that the mattress will gather all sorts of debris along the years. Anything from dust, dead skin cells, bed bugs and dust mites might be spread all over your gun.

The Possibility of Accidental Discharge
While this possibility is extremely small, it may happen if the gun is faulty. An accidental discharge won’t hurt you (as the barrel is not pointing upwards), but it will give you a fantastic scare. Not to mention that you’ll probably have to change the mattress and the bed frame after such an incident.

You also run the risk of neighbors complaining to the police about this. Overall, even though it seems something has very low probabilities of happening, you should never run the risk!

Difficult to Reach
While most of today’s mattresses are designed to be lightweight, when you factor in your weight and the one of your partner, it looks difficult to reach under the mattress if you are surprised at night. Even if you need the gun during the day, you’ll still have to lift the mattress and feel for the gun (which may have shifted position).

Overall, it seems difficult to reach a weapon under a mattress, even if it’s a rifle or a shotgun.

Not Safe for Kids
When there are kids in the house, the only safe place for a weapon is out of their reach. This means a wall safe, a locked cabinet, or an upper shelf that they can’t get to (even if they try).

Under the mattress is definitely not a good idea because kids like to poke around, and you never know when one of your little rascals decides to go treasure hunting in your bedroom. Even if you ask kids to not enter your bedroom, you don’t have any guarantee they’ll stay away!

So, to be 100% safe, keep your weapons (especially loaded ones) out of reach. Furthermore, if the worse scenario happens, and you get attacked during the day, the chances you would reach the bedroom in time are not that good.

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