Where Do You Keep Your Gun While You Sleep? [SURVEY]

Where Do You Keep Your Gun While You Sleep?

Where Do You Keep Your Gun While You Sleep?

We’re genuinely curious: while you’re asleep, where do you keep your home defense handgun or shotgun?

In this article, we’ll discuss what we think about various locations and then ask you for your opinion in our survey. Feel free to give a more detailed explanation of your response in the comments section below. We look forward to reading what you have to say on this subject.

Places Used To Stow Handguns

Around the home, there’s plenty of places to stow a home defense handgun so that it is accessible and ready at a moment’s notice. Because we can’t always predict when and where an attack may occur, we’ve included some interesting locations that we feel both cover the bedroom and the home in general.

Gun safe

A gun safe is a good choice to keep unused guns however, in a life-changing event like a home invasion, having a gun accessible and ready can be extremely important.


Accessible, close by and ready at a moment’s notice. The nightstand is a “go to” for homeowners looking to react quickly. If you haven’t already, consider posting a flashlight in the same drawer. This will give you the option to instantly illuminate a dark hallway or crawlspace. Kudos to you if you get a flashlight attachment or laser sight for your everyday carry pistol.

Under the pillow

This is the least advised place to keep your personal security handgun because of the lack of security there is under your pillow. A fully loaded handgun is perfectly safe until the trigger is pulled. The last thing you want to deal with is wondering where in the crease between your mattress and your headboard a loaded gun lies waiting.

Master bathroom drawer

While we tend to think of home invaders breaking in during twilight hours, home robberies can occur at any hour of any day. Who says you’re not in the shower when a home invasion takes place? Stowing a handgun in the master bathroom drawer may make the difference between life and death.

Locked gun case under the bed

For those homes that have young, curious children, storing an unsecured firearm may not be an option. Yet, home defense is always a priority. Some people choose to keep a lock box under the bed or in a nightstand that can be unlocked at a moment’s notice. There will be a delay between detecting a home break-in and being able to take out the gun, but some folks prioritize daily safety over immediate emergency response time.

Hidden drawer

There’s some master craftsmen out there who have devised all sorts of ingenious hard-to-spot places to store a loaded handgun in the home. Some of those craftsmen have made secret drawers or pull-outs that quickly reveal a pistol for home defense purposes. Whether it’s a fake compartment in a bookshelf or a drawer in your dresser, a hidden compartment should not be confused with securing a firearm. It’s simply making it harder for others unfamiliar with your home’s layout to spot. But, it can make a handgun more accessible without the fussing of a lock or combination associated with a safe or lock box.

Okay, so you’ve gotten our opinion on the matter. Where do you store your home defense handgun when you get ready to hit the hay? Take our survey and tell us about your reasoning in the comments section below.

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Joe Potosky

If you have children in the home, not secured (under the pillow, in a drawer) is not the correct answer.


Wouldn’t that depend entirely upon the age, maturity and firearms safety education you’ve provided your children?

And I would never under any circumstance keep a loaded gun under a pillow but that’s just me…

Chad Earnhardt

I have a 5 year old daughter in the home. She is very well versed in gun safety. She has done a little target practicing and loves it. We are a Gun/hunting family. I could leave a gun on the kitchen table and feel confident that she won’t touch it without my permission. However I choose to play it safe and secure my Weapons in a locked gun safe.
I also keep my primary concealed piece without a round chambered for that same reason.

Joe Potosky

Police officers kids involved in accidental shootings at home, kids who have been to a range a number of times involved in accidental shootings at home, kids have friends who visit and accidentally shootings take place, kids just messing around and accidental shootings take place.

Happens somewhere in the USA each week.

I post gun related articles to a website I maintain and almost (is) sickening on the number of accidental children involved accidental shooting that I come across.

A few recent headlines….

ABINGTON, Mass. —A child was shot in the face inside a home in Abington, authorities said.
Police received a call Wednesday that a woman found a boy suffering from a gunshot wound on a bed inside a home on Linwood Street.
Authorities said two boys, believed to be 11 years old, were in the house at the time of the shooting. One of the boys accidentally pulled the trigger and shot the other boy in the face. Authorities said the gun was legally owned.
A 5-year-old boy died after an early-morning shooting near Seventh Street and Harrison Drive in Avondale.
Tennessee toddler accidentally shot a 12-year-old child Sunday morning, local authorities said.
3-year-old who died after accidentally shooting himself identified
Police are investigating after a toddler was shot and killed on Monday in Milford Township, Bucks County.
Officials say a nine-year old boy was shot by a juvenile family member shortly before 4:00 p.m. A source tells FOX6 News the juvenile family member is six years old.

Steven M. Smith

Thanks for being a great parent. If we had more like you, we’d have less problems. Gun respect/safety can never start to early.


I work in pediatrics ER & have seen kids who’ve been shot. I’ve also seen parents arrested for improperly storing a gun especially if the other person dies. It’s the parents fault, not the kids.

AC Ratone

A small simplex locked safe by the bed is as safe as can be. And almost instantly available, under 3 seconds. Therefore I say ‘in a safe’ is the best answer. As long as it has a dependable instant access lock that does not rely on electrical power. A simplex lock box is the most obvious device.


I live alone in a 3 bedroom house and I keep my fully loaded 9mm on my nightstand and have needed it to stop a home invasion.

Paul Sherwood

I have no children in my home and keep my handgun in a sticky holster on my nightstand

Steven M. Smith

I keep my gun and flashlight ON the bed side table, but the youngest person in the house is 24 and we all put in good range time.

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Howard McPhail

My 9mm pistol has”Teddy Bear”engraved on it,cause makes me comfortable while I sleep

Thomas Kane

I keep a loaded handgun in a secret secured location in every room of my home and one holstered on my person at all times unless I’m sleeping, I also keep a handgun in my nightstand while I sleep and a fully loaded AK-47 on a rack just above my headboard.