Safe Storage Alternative: Gun Locks
There are some instances where a gun safe is not available or practical to safely store firearms. In those situations gun locks are a good alternative. When used properly, gun locks will prevent the gun from firing, either by preventing the trigger from being pulled, preventing the action to close or preventing the firearm from being loaded.
A trigger lock is effective on most firearms. It covers the trigger entirely and prevents it from being pulled. Be sure the firearm is unloaded, and the hammer is in the fully-forward position before placing the trigger lock on any firearm.
A cable lock works particularly well on the lever action firearm. Simply wind the cable through the lever and around the stock. When properly secured, the lever cannot swing down, so the chamber cannot be loaded.
On other action types, such as the semi-automatic, remove the magazine, and insert the cable through the opening of the magazine, and out the open action. This way, the magazine cannot be inserted into the firearm, and the action cannot be fully closed.
SAFETY FIRST! Regardless of how you choose to store your firearms, always ensure they are stored securely, away from the ammunition, and away from careless adults and children alike.