Firearms and gun control are one of the trickiest political arguments in modern America. Often lost in that argument, though, is that the vast majority of gun owners want both simple access to their guns if absolutely necessary, but also for their guns to be safely locked away to prevent accidents. The Gunbox wants to ensure both.
Accidents Waiting To Happen
The simple fact of the matter is, whether you believe guns themselves are inherently dangerous or not, an improperly stored firearm is absolutely dangerous. There were nearly 16,000 emergency room visits due to firearms accidents just in 2007. The Gunbox is designed to cut down on those rates: It’s a tight clamshell design for handguns, lined with a neoprene material to ensure there isn’t any scuffing or damage. Once you close the lid, it’s not coming open, unless you’ve got the key handy.
A Key On Your Wrist
That’s the second big idea with the Gunbox; instead of keys and mechanical locks, the lock is an RFID chip included in a bracelet that only opens with close proximity. In other words, if you don’t have a bracelet, there’s no way to get the gun, and needless to say, it’s built to take a severe beating. Multiple bracelets can be keyed to one Gunbox, and vice versa, so if you’ve got a lot of guns secured, you’ll be able to reach them quickly.
Safety In Hand
It’s worth noting that it’s extremely unlikely you’ll ever need quick access to a firearm; a situation where you have an actual break-in while you’re home is surprisingly rare in much of the country. But if you’re sick of tiny keys, or worried about how locks can be picked and glass can be broken, the Gunbox seems to be a good compromise between proper safety and easy access. The Gunbox runs $250 per unit.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.