I established HandgunSafeResearch.com 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 have also approached mainstream journals with investigative pieces on the firearm safety device industry. But I have found that, although poorly designed gun safety products endanger everyone—gun owners and non-gun owners alike—mainstream journals are unwilling to help expose the industry. Apparently, the cliché of a story being “too hot to handle” is not entirely a cliché.
If I come across a particularly dangerous device, I may still submit a story to an online gun magazine, though I am no gun fanatic. I don’t actually believe that ready access to a firearm is essential for maintaining home security. Visitors to this site who honestly believe they are at risk of a home invasion would be better off investing in high-security deadbolts that cannot be picked, barricade hardware for their doors, and bars for their lower-story windows. A gun is a last resort when defending one’s home. I would even argue that gun ownership is unnecessary for most people.
The articles listed below represent some of my more important investigative findings. —Dave Goetzinger
Articles of note
Gun Safe Cracking, American 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