I was recently talking to another firearms instructor,
actually he is a mentor of mine, and the conversation about the new influx of people suddenly being interested in firearms came up. The statistics that are coming out are
showing that 2020 may be the #1 year in the number of NICS checks since the
beginning of the program. My mentor said
that his phone has been ringing nearly completely off the hook with people
wanting both training in firearms use and also information on how to go about
getting a gun. He said:
“…you know John, with all this
crazy stuff going on, people are really shook, and I tell them, got get your
permit and I tell them how to go about it.
Then we’ll get you all trained up.
I’m so backed up by requests. I
then tell them that when they’re ready to buy their gun, we can go over all
that too and then I tell them to buy a safe to lock up their gun.”
His advice I think is valid. Every instructor has his or her own way of
conveying what is important to their students.
There are statutory obligations that some gun owners need to be aware of
concerning the safe and responsible storage of firearms depending on where they
live. For my mentor, his minimum advice,
which is beyond any legal requirements for his area, is to get a safe and lock
up your gun. Period. That’s not to say he does not advocate quick
access boxes, whether they are “rubber button”, biometric, or mechanical…but, locked
is his standard.
When I deal with students I explain to
them there may or may not be storage laws where they live. I explain to them what the regulations may be
and where to find them. I discuss the
moral obligations they have in keeping firearms out of the hands of children
and disqualified persons. Then I tell
them about how gun storage is a personal subject and I’m not going to tell them
how they shall store their firearm, that is their business. I will continue by offering up examples of
many different types of storage devices, containers, safes, boxes, etc. I ask them what are their needs. I turn this into a dialogue. I usually save what I consider the best for
last, concealment furniture, and offer that up as an option.
What is concealment furniture? If you’re
in the firearms world, this subject is one that you’re probably well aware
of. If you’re not, or are not familiar
with these items, concealment furniture is a piece of furniture, artwork, or
other decorative/utilitarian item that’s primary purpose is to conceal a firearm
(or other item). The furniture or device
would also serve another purpose, such as a coffee table that has a hidden
compartment. Or a piece of wall art that
opens up to a storage area. The main
objective is to keep your firearms secured secretly while still being readily
available, remaining out in the open.
When I was looking for different types
of examples to share with my students, and really anyone that wanted to talk
“gun stuff” with me, I stumbled upon a company called Liberty Home Concealment. After a few experiences with Liberty Home
Concealment and also an opportunity to test their products, some of what I love
about their company can be extracted right from their “About Us” page:
Concealment is a family-owned and operated furniture manufacturer located in
southern Missouri. We strive to provide our customers with affordable, yet high
quality concealment furniture options. All of our products are proudly made in
the United States with US sourced materials whenever possible. Please contact
us with any questions or concerns regarding our products or the customization
of any of our items. We look forward to being your go to source of concealment
furniture and tactical home furnishings.”
They to really sum up who they are.
Quality products. Made in the USA. And affordable. Not listed, great customer service.
In dealing with Liberty Home
Concealment, you need not be shy. Their
customer service is top notch. If you
don’t see something that you want, you can reach out to them to discuss custom
projects. For some of their products,
you have the option for full customization, giving them direct input of what
you want on the item, with a minimal up charge for this offering.
Some of the items Liberty Home
- Coffee tables.
- End tables.
- Flag cases.
- Picture frames.
- Coat racks.
I had the opportunity to test out some
of their products, an 8” x 10” picture frame, and a flag case. First, their products arrived in very well
packaged containers. These items are
both utilitarian but also art in their own right, especially the flag
case. There was plenty of solid
packaging to keep the items from shifting and they were all wrapped in foam
packing material to keep the items from getting marred.
Both the flag case and picture frame
are kept closed (“locked”) by magnetic child proof furniture locks. To a person not knowing what they are looking
at, they are just seeing a picture frame or a wooden flag decoration. But the owner would know where to place the
magnet in order to unlock the hidden compartments. If you’re looking for added security, there
are optional RFID electronic locks that you can have your items outfitted with.
The 8” x 10” picture frame is designed
so that it can be placed on a table/surface or installed into a wall. While a little bulky looking, the design is
not all that distracting to a casual observer if the unit is sitting out in the
open. When mounted in a wall, cutting
away the drywall, the frame looks like a frame.
Using the included magnetic key, the user can unlock the frame and then
they are able to slide open the face away from the storage compartment. High grade drawer slides are used to
facilitate this action. Within the
frame, users are greeted with high density foam, that can easily be cut to
create a custom fit for whatever you may want to put inside. The 8” x 10” frame has ample space to house
even some large frame semi-automatic firearms, giving 8” x 12” in area to work
The flag cases that Liberty Home
Concealment offers are really cool.
There are dozens of size and style configurations. As far as being able to show any guests or
visitors your patriotic side, these cases deliver. The version discussed here is the “small” two
compartment version, with a 13” x 10” compartment where the stars are. And 28.5” x 8” compartment where the lower
bars are. Between the two compartments,
an impressive amount of items can be hidden within. Full frame semi-autos, large revolvers,
magazines galore, flashlights, use your imagination. There is one magnetic lock that keeps the
small upper compartment closed. Once
gaining entry and opening the upper compartment, you are able to open the lower
section. The hardware used appears to be
high quality cabinet hinges, not some cheesy plastic stuff.
If you’re like many gun owners, your
needs are varied. When you need the
accessibility of having your firearm stowed away in a drawer, but the security
and the secrecy of what may be hiding in plain sight, concealment furniture
might be for you. Throw in the optional
RFID lock and you have an added layer of security. Mess up
on cutting your foam or need another piece to change things up on the inside? Not a problem, they sell extra foam should
you need it. After having a chance to
put my hands on and test out these products, I can say they are impressive, and
exactly what they advertise themselves to be, quality and cost effective. Perhaps best of all, made in the USA!
If you’re interested in Liberty Home
Concealment and their products you can visit them on the web at:
Or contact them:
6504 Old HWY 60
Norwood MO 65717
John Petrolino is a US Merchant Marine
Officer, writer, author of “Decoding
Firearms: An Easy to Read Guide on General Gun Safety & Use” and USCCA
Certified Instructor, NRA certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor,
living under and working to change New Jersey’s draconian and unconstitutional
gun laws. You can find him on the web at http://www.johnpetrolino.com
on twitter at @johnpetrolino
and on instagram @jpetrolinoiii