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Yes - Safe neighbourhood - No children 280 49.21%
Yes - Safe neighbourhood - Children 200 35.15%
Yes - Bad neighbourhood - No children 19 3.34%
Yes - Bad neighbourhood - Children 16 2.81%
No - Safe neighbourhood - No children 20 3.51%
No - Safe neighbourhood - Children 31 5.45%
No - Bad neighbourhood - No children 1 0.18%
No - Bad neighbourhood - Children 2 0.35%
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Old February 7th, 2008, 04:17 PM   #31
 
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I keep my carry gun loaded, the shot gun loaded and the carbine loaded, plus mags hidden around the house just in case i need a backup mag.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 05:31 PM   #32
 
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My wife and I each have a Multivault next to the bed with a loaded handgun, spare mag, knife, Mace and Surefire light. Our other guns (unloaded) and ammo are locked up.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #33
 
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I keep my duty weapon loaded but hidden and too high to reach. Right now my little girl is 8 months so no worries. Keep OC spray and back up locked and out of the way. OC can be just as dangerous to small children as you know.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 09:10 PM   #34
 
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Re: Do you keep your firearms loaded at home?

absolutely
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Old February 10th, 2008, 10:19 PM   #35
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I voted no I don't keep them loaded even living in a safe area. My reason is I have children. I just could never forgive myself if I came home and found the police here because one of my children got curious. My girls I'm not so worried about, but I have a 10 year old boy who I am now tacking to the range with me. I think he now knows just how dangerous guns are. I think soon he will understand that he should not mess with them without me.



Right know I'm using cable locks, what Brands of safes are out there that are fast to get into in the heat of the moment. We have a couple of old safes that takes some getting into.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 02:13 AM   #36
 
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My hood is safe but I do keep my CCW loaded at all times. If it is not on my body it is locked away in the safe so the little ones don't accidentally find it.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 04:32 AM   #37
 
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I keep a Remington 870 12g loaded with 00 buck by the bedside and the 2 pistols are loaded hot in the safe...the other rifles are not loaded. I don't have any kids so no need to worry about someone getting to them and having an accident.


OO Buckshot is way, way overkill for short range defensive shotgun shooting.



In my FN autoloader the first 4 shells are 1 1/4 oz of #6 shot. That is going to easily kill anyone at close range. The next 2 shells are 1 1/2 oz of BB shot. And only the last two shells in the magazine are loaded with 34 #4 Buckshot in each shell.



My Glock 17 is my main home defense gun, though. I have a 19 rd mag in it, giving me a total with one in the chamber of 20 shots without reloading. I would mainly use it in an emergency, since it also has a Crimson Trace sight on it.



I also keep my S&W Model 66 loaded, and also my new S&W M&P 40c, which is my carry gun.



Everything else is locked up in my gun safe. And the only one loaded and ready in it is my Russian Saiga 308 Winchester, which is a new larger AK-47 that handles the .308 NATO. I also have some loaded 20 round mags in the safe ready for it also.



I own a couple of AR-15's, but they both have scopes on them. My FN shotgun and Saiga AK-47 both have red dot holographic sights installed for fast, quick sighting.



I cannot even begin to imagine what kind of threat I would ever need my Saiga for. Same too even for my FN police shotgun. But I still keep them loaded and ready for backup. One really does not have the right to pursue home invaders out into the street, and shoot them if they are fleeing.



Oregon law is actually pretty broad in that one can legally shoot a person that is in the actual act of committing a felony. However, if someone has committed a felony, and then tries to run away, you can't legally shoot them at that point.



Several years ago a man here shot and killed a criminal who was breaking into his toolbox in his pickup parked in his driveway to steal his valuable tools that he used for work. Our local DA was quite upset with the man, and held a long investigation to see if he could bring charges against him. It was disputed as to whether the thief was actually shot in the act of stealing, or if he was already trying to flee the scene, making the shooting unnecessary. The physical evidence was inconclusive, however. And there were no other witnesses, so the DA finally relented and decided to not charge him. The fellow really had to sweat it out for a couple of months, though.



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Old February 11th, 2008, 08:16 AM   #38
 
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I think that's B/S that you can get away with killing someone for stealing (in this case, tools). Hell, steal my car. High chance you'll get caught and I don't have to live with knowing I took your life for a material object.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 08:30 AM   #39
 
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I voted yes (safe/ no children) but with children would not change my answer. I bought the guns for protection and keep them loaded ready to go. A friend of mine who lives close by had a mid day home invasion and he was held at gun point. Yes I would say my neighborhood is safe and this was a total fluke event. No problems before and non since, but you never know.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 09:12 AM   #40
 
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I keep my pistol loaded and keep shells close by the 870 but the rest of the guns are unloaded with shells put away because it would really suck to get shot with my own gun if a criminal found them on his way in
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 09:53 AM   #41
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I keep my 45M&P loaded and its cousin the sigma 40 is in another closet the 9c is on me or next to me at all times.My AR is in another closet with mags in it or next to it with a mossberg 500 with #5 turkey loads.Nothing shows me that a turkey load is less effective .I use them on turkeys and can "jelly neck " a big tom from up to 60 yards.Also, if the courts try to give me any grief I can claim that I used a hunting shell and not a "perceived" ""MAN KILLER"as 00 buckshot.I live in a very safe neighborhood but I know that this is where the BD comes to "Score",it is also rumored that there is a half-way house being Tested less than a mile from my "hood.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 11:51 AM   #42
 
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I keep my pistol loaded and keep shells close by the 870 but the rest of the guns are unloaded with shells put away because it would really suck to get shot with my own gun if a criminal found them on his way in


You make a good point, but with my situation the criminal would need to get threw me to get the other loaded weapons. I don't leave my guns out of my closet without my supervision for that reason.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 07:37 AM   #43
 
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I keep my M&P45 loaded with ranger sxt by the bed and my winchester 1300 defender loaded with 00 buck, over the bed(on mount out of reach of children). All other handguns, rifles, and shotguns are unloaded and in the safe or gun cabinet with ammo in my small safe or lock box. Ps.. the 1300 holds 7 and I have 10 more rounds on speed loaders ready. If all hell breaks loose, Im ready, or my wife will be ready. The 1300 is her home defense weapon
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Old February 29th, 2008, 12:29 PM   #44
 
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This is a very interesting poll with some interesting answers. Has actually made me stop and think for a moment. I have as many weapons as the average hunter/shooter(doz or so). My 15 year old son has 5 of his own weapons in his room. Not a single loaded weapon in the house. I guess I am under the belief that if a person in my town (13,000 pop) that knows me would be stupid enough to attempt to come into our home. They are more than welcome to try. As my screen name implies, "Bigchessie" is my 117lb Chesapeake Bay Retriever, along with her pup that is just shy of 100 lbs. Very protective breed and I have full faith in their ability to not only alert us of an intruder, but make them think twice about even stepping onto our porch. If the BG manages to get past both of them, I believe I would still have the time needed to arm myself .
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Old March 9th, 2008, 06:57 AM   #45
 
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I keep several with loaded mags but not chambered in several places around the house. My gun safe is upsatirs with my office in the basement. It doesn't seem to me that a burglar would be nice enough to wait until I go upstairs to get a gun to shoot him. (They are all locked with combo trigger locks. Wife knows the combo-kid does not. He doesn't even know they are in my office area!)
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