Types of Locks and Purchase

Five main types of locking devices and where to purchase them.

Safe storage devices: Which one is right for you?

There are dozens of devices to lock your handgun and other firearms. Many experts recommend using lock boxes, safes or gun vaults with a push button, combination, or digital keypad lock.

No matter what security device you choose, make sure that it meets the California Department of Justice safety standards. Check the Approved Firearms Safety Devices website for a list of approved firearm safety devices.

Five main locking devices:

  • Lock boxes
  • Gun vault or safe
  • Cable lock
  • Trigger lock
  • Personalized lock

Where to purchase safe storage devices

Firearm locking and storage devices can be purchased wherever guns or firearm accessories are sold including gun stores, sporting goods stores, firing ranges, and locksmiths. Many discount stores also carry safe storage devices.

A simple online search using "firearm safe storage" or "firearm lock" as keywords can help you locate additional purchasing information and find a large selection of online retailers. A list of retailers also is available in PDF format.

Visit the California Department of Justice's online roster of Approved Firearms Safety Devices for a list of certified firearm safety devices. We encourage you to do your own research on individual safes and locking devices concerning the levels of security they provide before making a purchase.

Storing firearms locked and unloaded, with ammunition locked separately, can reduce the risk of injuries and deaths involving children and teens.