While crime continues to surge around America and violence has become a daily companion, the Justice Department decided to wage their own war on who they believe is behind these deadly attacks – guns! 

In an effort to make America safer, the Justice Department announced a new rule that they claim is designed to make sure every person has a “safe and secure storage of firearms.” How do they do this exactly? The new rule will force any federal firearms licensee to make available secure gun storage and safety devices to all customers.  

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Releasing a statement, Attorney General Merrick Garland noted, “Today’s announcements build on the department’s efforts to reduce the risk of firearms falling into the wrong hands. Gun safety is a Department of Justice priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate steps to help reduce the number of people killed and injured by the misuse of firearms.”

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Taking effect on February 3, the department was sure to add the qualifications of what a storage device for a weapon is. “A safe, gun safe, gun case, lockbox or other device that is designed to be or can be used to store a firearm and that is designed to be unlocked only by means of a key, a combination or other similar means.”

But what makes this new rule so interesting is the little guideline added that any licensed seller must make available storage devices for ALL the weapons available to customers. The rule specifies that all sellers must offer “secure gun storage options that are compatible with the firearms they are selling.”

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On top of the new rules, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives released a Best Practices Guide for federal firearm licensees that encourages them to offer ATF reading materials to buyers. They believe it will make “owners better understand their legal obligations, as well as practical steps they can take to help keep firearms out of the hands of prohibited persons and facilitate the safe storage of firearms.”

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