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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Lock Picking Comment
    Gregory Morris, 6/14/07 7:52:27 am
    Since my site already gets an inordinate number of hits for search terms related to lock picking (lord knows why) I thought this post from SayUncle would be appropriate for a lot of my unintentional readers...

    First it shows a video of an 11-year-old popping off trigger locks with absolutely no effort using a screw driver. That doesn't bother me much, because I picked my first lock when I was 8 or 9 (my sister forgot the combo to her bike lock) and I have at least kept up on lockpicking news ever since. However, I do think they are neat mechanisms, and seeing as how I am an engineer and have a keen interest in both physical and network security, my interest in locks follows naturally. The second bit talks about other vulnerabilities that various gun locks have.

    Picking or breaking locks is easy. You would be surprised how easy. There are very few well-designed, secure locks out there, and they are all too expensive. Anyone with a bump key can open the door to your house in 10 seconds. I've seen them in action, so I don't ever trust my lock to keep my house truly secure. Besides, most criminals don't bother picking locks, they'll just kick in your door or break a window. That's why I have a dog and a gun.

    While I think most trigger locks are pretty much worthless for actual security, I still think they are ok for unattended, unsecured firearms in households with children. But don't rely on that lock to keep your kid safe.

    Locks like these deter casual tampering. Most kids (well, not me, but I was a huge nerd) will probably just see a lock and assume they can't break it. On the other hand, a determined teenager can get access to a gun regardless of how you secure yours.

    If your guns are disabled, in a safe, locked in a closet, carried on your person, or in some other way inaccessible to children, you have no use for trigger locks. You should always secure all of your guns.

    Robb at SaaM said he just takes the bolt out of his M44. That works better than a trigger lock. His Glock stays on his belt, so there is no danger to his kids. He doesn't hide his guns, because they are safe.

    My trigger locks (wife made me get them before she new anything about guns...) sit in the bottom of my gear box collecting dirt (ya know, that gear box dirt... a mix of burnt powder residue, hoppes, oil, cosmoline, hair, boogers, rust and bits of cleaning patches.)

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