An In-depth Look into Biometric Gun Safes

Having a gun at home is an age-old practice and a basic right in some countries. In the United States, for example, everyone has the right to arm themselves and you can own as many guns as you like so long as you have proper documentation for them from the relevant authorities.

While many people are keen to ensure that they are armed and protected, they do not think much about gun safety at home. How secure do you keep your gun? Who can access it? If you are like most people, the answer is your gun isn’t secure and can be easily accessed. Hence the need for a gun safe with fingerprint scanner.

Why should you keep your gun under lock and key?

This is an excellent question; if you keep your gun very secure, you will have a problem getting to it yourself should the need arise. Think about it: if you have your gun locked away in a safe, in the case of intrusion you may lose your wits and you may not be able to open the safe and retrieve your weapon in time.

While this is true, it hardly ever happens. Most people who have taken the time to ensure that their guns are securely kept in a safe report fewer incidences of shootings at home, accidental or otherwise.

To bring into perspective why gun safety at home is so important, let us look at just a few gun accident statistics:

  • 8 children are accidentally shot every day in homes in the US as a result of improperly secured firearms.
  • Between 2006 and 2016, 6,885 people were killed in the US alone as a result of accidental shootings at home. About half of these were children and teenagers.
  • Most victims of accidental gun deaths at home in the US are under the age of 25.
  • As of 2018, 1.7 million children in the US were living in a home with loaded and unsecured firearms – the perfect recipe for an accidental shooting.
  • About 40% of these children know where their parents keep their firearms and at least 23% have admitted that they have touched their parent’s gun without permission.
  • People who own a firearm and do not keep it safely locked away are 3 times more likely to die from an accidental shooting.

These are just some of the statistics; there are many more, and they are scary. Of course this is not to say that owning a firearm is dangerous. It isn’t, so long as you are able to properly secure it at all times and ensure that you are the only one who has access. One of the best ways to do this is to buy a gun safe with fingerprint scanner.

Gun safe with fingerprint lock vs. ordinary safe

Many people have wall safes and other kinds of old fashioned safes at home – the kind that you have to type in a password to open. They have been around for many years, are easy to install and maintain and they offer a reasonable level of protection. So why would anyone want to ditch such a safe in favor of a gun safe with a fingerprint scanner?

Simple – technology has moved on and so should you. One of the reasons why fingerprint scanner safes were developed is because they are impossible to bypass if one doesn’t have the fingerprint. Other safes can be hacked; someone can find out your password, they can hack the safe or even physically break into it. The new technology that is used to create fingerprint gun safes is almost impossible to bypass. In order to get the safe open you need the fingerprints of the owner.

Benefits of biometric gun safes

Before you commit a large amount of money to a biometric safe you want to know that you are making a worthwhile investment. Read on to find out what the benefit of fingerprint gun safes are:

One of the most obvious advantages of a gun safe with fingerprint scanner is the fact that there are no passwords to remember. Imagine the following scenario: you are in your living room late in the night and you hear someone in your back yard.

Before you know it they come crashing in through your kitchen door. In a blind panic you run upstairs to your gun safe but when you get to it, you have so much adrenalin coursing through you that you cannot remember the combination… at the same time you can hear the intruder coming up the stairs. Isn’t it much better to have a fingerprint gun safe? All you have to do is get to the safe and touch the sensor and you have your gun in your hand.

Another important benefit of fingerprint gun safes is that you can program them with the fingerprints of more than one person. You can, for example, program it in such a way that only responsible adults at home are able to get it open.

Biometric systems are much harder to hack than password systems. Today, even ordinary hackers are able to easily get past passwords and gain access to places where they shouldn’t be. If, for example, you have a determined teenager at home they can hack the password into a keypad safe and access your weapons. If you have a biometric safe they can only open it if they have authorized access.

You can use your safe to store more than just guns. If you have other valuables at home such as cash, jewelry or important documents you can buy gun safe organizers so that you can neatly and safely store everything in one place.

Most biometric gun safes have a locking backup system in case of malfunction. If the fingerprint scanner fails you can use an ordinary mechanism until you can get the problem fixed. Granted, this rudimentary lock will not keep out someone who is determined to get into your safe, but it will keep your guns away from any children who may be at home.

Disadvantages of a fingerprint gun safe

Biometric gun safes, while increasing safety in your home a great deal, do have some drawbacks. However, it is important to mention that most of these drawbacks are as a result of older technology. Also, the cheaper the fingerprint gun safe, the more likely it is to malfunction sometime in the future. Here are the most common drawbacks:

Some of the safes that use old technology can malfunction and open to any random fingerprint. This is not a problem you will experience if you buy a safe that is made using the latest technology.

Most gun safes with fingerprint scanners rely on batteries to be able to read fingerprints. If you forget to replace batteries you will not be able to open the safe which is not ideal if you need to retrieve the gun quickly.

This is a problem you can get around easily by having a reminder on your phone for when you should change batteries. Have a few spares at home at all times. There are some safes that come with manual overrides – you can program the safe in such a way that in case the batteries die you can still get it open with a sequence of numbers known only to you.

Some of these safes are so sensitive that the slightest damage to the fingertips can cause them to malfunction There are some that will not open if you have a cut (even a paper cut), if you have a scab or any sort of injury. There are some that will not open if fingertips are wet. Some safe manufacturers have found a way around this problem. They allow you to feed in all your fingerprints so that you can open the safe with any finger.

Gun Safe Biometric Tips

Now that you know the ins and outs of fingerprint gun safes you may be wondering – what should I keep in mind as I shop? Here are a few tips to get you started:

Make sure that you find a gun safe with fingerprint that uses the latest technology. The reason why you are investing in this kind of safe in the first place is so that you can have easy access to your weapons while at the same time eliminating unauthorized access. If you buy a fingerprint gun safe that uses old technology it may malfunction when you need it most or your guns could end up in the wrong hands.

One of the most common complaints among gun owners who buy biometric safes is that they are hard to set up. If you are not able to properly set up your safe you will miss out on all the functions that it has to offer. You should buy a gun safe with fingerprint sensor that has an LED light that tells you when settings have been installed correctly.

Think about where you would like to have your safe at home. If you want to buy a large safe you should find a room that’s easy to access but away from regular home traffic. Many people opt for smaller safes that they can keep in their bedrooms because they are easier to install and access.

There are two types of biometric gun safes that you can buy – those that are specifically designed to hold guns, and those that can hold guns and other items. It is always best to buy a safe that is just for guns because the design allows for easy draw. However, if you opt for the bigger type that can hold additional items ensure that you buy an organizer so that finding and drawing your gun is easy.

Vaultek Biometric Bluetooth Auto Open Rechargeable

BARSKA Opening Drawer Safe Fingerprint

Make sure that you buy a safe that is easy to use. It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to buy a biometric gun safe only to keep it away when it proves difficult to use. Remember, the whole point of owning this kind of safe is to make your home a safer place.

Lastly, be a responsible gun owner at all times. Take the time to read about gun safety and make sure that you practice it at home.


A gun safe with fingerprint scanner is a great idea for anyone who keeps a firearm at home – it allows for easy access to the weapon in times of need while ensuring that the gun, or guns, do not fall into the wrong hands. The most important thing to keep in mind when you a buying a biometric gun is the technology – those that use outdated technology may be cheaper, but they tend to malfunction and can open to any fingerprint, or fail to open for the right ones. You should also think about what size of biometric gun safe is most ideal for your home.

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