vmathis12019 wrote:Well, in a way, it's good that you didn't have your gun on you at the time. Since you were somewhat startled by the intrusion and didn't really know who it was, you might have been motivated to pull your gun on a friend. I'm sure he would have been impressed. But maybe not in a nice way...Okay, this happened to me last night and really got me thinking about some of my habits at home.
My roommate from Florida had gone home for the Thanksgiving holidays, so when I got back to my apartment last night, I was the only one here. I had to unload a bunch of SCUBA gear from my truck, so I didn't lock my front door behind me when I came in. I had been driving for four hours straight so I directly ran upstairs to the restroom, and on the way, I took my pistol (which had been digging into my side for a while) and placed it on the coffee table. I was standing in the bathroom upstairs and heard the front door open and close, and realized that all of my guns were down the hall in my room and my carry gun was downstairs!!! This was the most helpless feeling I've ever had, and it scared the hell out of me. I took out my knife and flashlight and eased around to the stairs to see who was there. Luckily it was a very dear friend who was comfortable enough to walk into my house w/o knocking.
This got me thinking, a lot of times, I do take my gun off when I'm home. I usually don't leave the room without it, b ut often it might be across the room in the holster. Does anyone else do this, or do you ALWAYS have your gun on you. I think I am going to stop taking it off and being more mindful about having it on my side as much as possible.
I usually, but not always, immediately place my carry gun in its permanent resting spot upon getting home--not an intermediate point. That way, I always know where it's at. I don't feel the need, nor do I have the tolerance, to walk around armed inside my home.
I would say that, instead of being focused on the gun part of your event last night, you should take a look at the open access part of the event. If you leave a door unlocked, somebody's liable to walk in on you. This open access will continue to be a problem, even if you walk around in your apartment inyour pajamas with a gun on your hip. It's simply not a good thing to leave the door unlocked.