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Making the decision of whether or not to have a firearm in your home is a powerful one, especially if you have kids. Home security is becoming more of an issue as crime rates escalate and families seek protection from home invasions. What may be even more important than that decision, is the decision to keep your gun safe. You wouldn’t want to purchase a gun to protect your family and then find that your child pulled it out of your drawer while you were away and hurt themselves or someone else.

Even worse, how would you feel if you were being burglarized by an unarmed criminal and you were the one who provided them with a weapon? The answer lies in being able to protect your firearm from falling into the innapropriate hands with a biometric safe.

A biometric safe is a highly secure and easily accessible form of protection for your firearms. The safe is outfitted with a “biometric reader”, which is a scanner that examines some part of your biology (usually a fingerprint) and identifies who you are based on that information. There are quite a few different types of biometric readers out there, all with varying price tags.

Here are just a few:

Retina or Iris scanner – This biometric reader scans your eye, which is completely unique in each person. As you might be able to guess, this type of scanner is complex, and therefore costly to manufacture. This would make it a very secure, yet expensive choice.

● Voice recognition – This type of lock would usually require you to say your password to it and it would then examine your voice and decide whether or not you have permission to open the safe. It might not sound as secure as a retina scanner, and many people are surprised that it would work at all, but our voices are completely unique and impossible for another person to imitate close enough for the safe to be fooled.

Facial biometrics – This scanner would have a screen that probes your facial features and recognizes the individual structure of your bones. This type of scanner is so reliable that countless law-enforcement agencies put it to use to identify criminals.

● Fingerprint scanner – This type of reader is no doubt the most common type of biometric lock. So common, in fact, that it is now considered standard in almost all smartphones. This is for one reason: It is extremely secure, undeniably easy to use, and very cost-effective.

Fingerprint scanners can range in quality as well. Some cheaper and more common scanners (like the ones in cell phones) simply scan for the fingerprint, while more complex readers will actually search for the presence of blood in the finger as well as its shape.

The advantages of this kind of safe are obvious once you examine their competition. When a home invasion occurs, you don’t want to be caught with your pants down, so to speak, fussing with a radial dial safe or failing to remember your code altogether. You can’t lose your fingerprint like you can lose a key or the paper you wrote your pin-code down on. It’s a fast and secure way to get ahold of your firearm while securely keeping it from an intruder or young children.