The holidays are quickly approaching, which often means visitors and overnight guests. For those of us with firearms in our homes, welcoming guests and helping them feel comfortable involves preparing our 2A home.
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When overnight guests are staying at your 2A home, there are a few things to consider before their arrival:
Regardless of whether they are staying overnight, or just popping in for a visit, take special consideration for these guests. When my boys were toddlers, I appreciated family and friends who took the time to remove dangerous items from their reach. As a home owner, this means getting physically down on your hands and knees, to a toddler’s level, and wandering around your home.
Having visitors with children shouldn’t mean rearranging your entire house. However, it’s important to protect your guests and also, your valuables.
Depending on how long your overnight guests are staying, you may want to describe your fire escape plan to them. This should include showing them the location of any fire extinguishers, as well as your meeting place. You should also explain your home defense plan. If they are not proficient with firearms or are completely unfamiliar, explain what you want them to do in an emergency. For instance, have them stay in place until you come to get them or move to a specific room. If they have their own firearms, discuss that situation, too.
When visitors arrive at your 2A home with their own firearms, let them know your expectations. Explain how you store your firearms, and where you expect them to keep their guns. Having a small handgun safe in their bedroom is a nice touch. Have them practice opening and closing it a few times.
Throughout the years, I’ve stayed overnight in many people’s homes. I love some of the special efforts the homeowners made to add both comfort and safety to my visit. The following suggestions are compiled from these visits:
It’s always nice to have visitors and overnight guests, especially during the holiday season. These suggests may help bring security and comfort to your 2A home.
Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, is the managing and social media editor at The WON. Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers. View all posts by Michelle Cerino
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