Gun policies are harsh in Australia. Due to these – pretty reasonable, one might say - policies, Australians have to keep their guns in a safe. The ammunition has to be kept in another safe or in a locked section of the same safe. The most obvious reason a gun owner needs a safe is that others (especially children and teenagers for that matter) will be denied access to the firearms. However, a gun safe is a reasonable investment for a many other reasons. First of all, consider the worth of your firearms. Not only storing your firearm in a drawer is illegal, it can prove to be quite costly, too. In worst cases, faulty firearm storage can get you in a bunch of legal trouble. Furthermore, a good hunting rifle costs anywhere from $1000 to $5000; put that against the grand for a good safe and you'll realize that having a gun safe can actually save a lot of money. For antique firearms, which cost a lot more, not having a safe is out of question. Secondly, you can store valuables in most safes. For example, jewellery is reasonably well protected within gun safes. You can keep literally any valuables and/or weapons in a gun safe, for example, knives, documents, etc. In different areas, there is a different demand and supply for gun safes. Sydney, for example, has a low demand for gun safes and safes are harder to find there. The reason for this is that only about 2% of the Sydney's population have firearm licences and thus need safes, whereas about 5% of Australia's population has gun licenses. To find the best safe, you have to do some comparing. Questions you can ask yourself when browsing around for a gun safe are, for example: 'Will they be well protected? Do I plan on purchasing other firearms? Will I store anything else besides the gun in the safe? Do I want a safe with ammunition locks or do I need two separate safes?’.
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