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Firearm storage closet

Store sporting firearms safely—unloaded, in a locked location, and separate from ammunition.

  • The storage area should be cool, clean, and dry. Storing firearms in closed gun cases or scabbards is not recommended because moisture can accumulate.
  • Store guns horizontally or with the muzzle pointing down. When guns are stored upright, gravity pulls gun oil downward into the action, which forms a sticky film. Oil also can drain onto the stock, softening the wood and resulting in possible damage when the firearm is shot.
  • Displaying guns in glass cabinets or wall racks is an invitation to thieves and curious children.