'Make it more frustrating for somebody to reach your gun'

'Make it more frustrating for somebody to reach your gun'

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Questions continue to surround the shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.

Beyond the question of "Why?" is the question of "How?"
 
Fifteen-year-old Jared Michael Padgett removed an AR-15 from a secure place in his home before taking the firearm to school, where he shot two people, killing 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman.
 
The shooting raises questions about how gun owners can secure their weapons to make sure they don’t get into the wrong hands.

David Miller, the owner of Oak Grove Guns, said the best thing you can do is make sure firearms are completely locked up.
 
Miller said gun cases range from cabinets to heavy duty safes.

But the best of safes can’t keep a firearm from falling into the wrong hands if it’s not used properly.

Miller said some firearm owners forget to put guns into their safe, or even close it.

“You also have to remember to lock it,” said Miller. “Putting it in a gun safe and flipping the lock doesn’t stop somebody else from getting in there; you have to turn the lock.”

If gun owners want more protection, there are locks available that go directly on a gun to help make sure it can’t be shot without releasing the lock.
 
“Even if the gun was loaded, it can be locked up that way too,” said Miller. “So you can get a lot of levels of locks and make it more frustrating for somebody to reach your gun.”

Another level of protection Miller recommends: simply locking the room where firearms are stored.