Course Outline

An image of a permanent safe
An example of a permanent safe

Gun safes can help restrict access to a handgun. To access the safe, the owner will need to insert a physical key, input a code or combination, or provide his or her fingerprints. Gun safes can be permanent, semi-permanent, or portable.

The following are a few types of locks that can be found on a safe.

Biometric Lock

  • A biometric lock requires the owner to use his or her fingerprints to unlock the device. The lock can be coded for multiple authorized people.
  • It requires batteries for operation.
  • A physical key can serve as a backup in case of mechanical failure.
Biometric safe

Electronic Lock

  • An electronic lock requires the owner to input a code. The code can be changed.
  • It requires batteries for operation.
  • A physical key can serve as a backup in case of mechanical failure.
An image of an electronic lock

Mechanical Lock

  • A mechanical lock, such as a dial lock, requires the owner to turn the dial in a specific sequence.
  • It does not require batteries for operation.
  • A physical key can serve as a backup.
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