I established Handgun Safe Research after writing a piece of investigative journalism titled “Gun Safe Cracking.” The article first appeared in the online version of American Shooting Journal, July 21, 2015. A print version of the article appeared in the September 2015 newsstand issue of ASJ. I wrote a follow-up piece titled “Lawfully Defective Gun Safes” for Ammoland Shooting Sports News.

I don’t often write for gun magazines, because gun magazines and gun blogs are more concerned with selling product and securing advertising than they are with my own particular form of activism--or hacktivism. To complicate matters, I’ve found that criticizing an industry even peripheral to gun ownership can be seen as criticism of gun ownership.


The truth is, though I support gun ownership I don't believe ready access to a firearm is essential for maintaining home security. Visitors to this site who think they are at risk of a home invasion would be better off investing in high-security deadbolts that are difficult to pick, barricade hardware for doors, and bars for lower-story windows. A gun is a last resort when defending one’s home, and gun ownership is probably unnecessary for most people. —Dave Goetzinger

 Gun Safe CrackingAmerican Shooting Journal

The Amarey Gun Safe Scam, American Shooting Journal

Lawfully Defective Gun Safes, Ammoland Shooting Sports News

Amarey Biometric Gun Safe FAIL: Don’t Let Your Gun Get Stolen, Ammoland Shooting Sports News

Gun Safe Fail: GunVault Minivault Biometric GVB1000, The Truth About Guns

Gun Safe Fail: GunVault SpeedVault Biometric Opens With a Gum Wrapper, The Truth About Guns 



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