This is a very dear topic to me. I'd like to hear other peoples opinions on this question. With regards to your own children: when did you, or would you, allow this kind of situation? Here's what I mean... When my son turned 10 I allowed the situation of him being "home alone" for 30 minutes between me leaving for work and my wife getting home from work. When he is a few years older.... 13 or 14 I guess..... I may feel good about him staying home for a few hours if my wife and I want to go catch a movie alone. But in these situations all guns are under lock and key. But at what point do you begin allowing the idea of a child accessing a hand gun when your not there? On the one hand a child that can be trusted to be home alone for 2-3 hours may not be trusted to resist the temptation of looking at one of dad's guns. On the other hand if a child of 13 or 14 is going to be left alone for 2-3 hours should he be completely defenseless if the worst happens?