As long as the guns are stored away, locked, and unloaded (with all ammunition stored in a separate place and also locked), it should be alright. Make sure your mother supervises the children as well, just to be extra careful.
Problem with holiday visiting and guns -- what would you do? - Page 2
Most of the people I know, have at least one gun safe and one gun in their homes. WI is hunting country and gun safety is no joke among my friends. It took me some time to get used to it, I'm from the Chicago area where guns are bad. Guns here are a part of life. My ds wants to take hunter's safety and I'm uncomfortable with it, but I also know that knowledge is power and the best thing for my kids is to KNOW what they are doing with guns. Just like I'll teach them how to drive, how to use the stove safely, the rules for staying home alone, the rules for swimming.
A properly secured gun (in a gun safe, with ammo stored separately) is no more dangerous than anything else.
I can't even believe I say that, because it's so far from the way I was raised.
I think the only way I'd be willing to visit is if all ammunition was out of the house. Unloaded guns locked away would feel like collectibles if I knew with 100% certainty that there was zero ammunition on the premises. I'm completely gun ignorant (I've only ever seen one in its holster worn by a police officer or in a museum) but I imagine it would be easier to move the ammo than the guns anyways. Just my two cents.
This is actually really common. My husband and Dad make a habit of stopping at a shooting rang at the end of hunting trips to discharge any unused ammo. They only buy what they expect to use. So the only time ammo is in our house is when a hunting trip is happening very soon (day or two). Then it's locked up away from the locked up gun. So it would be pretty unheard of to have ammo in the house when someone was visiting for a holiday.
Edited by JollyGG - 1/3/13 at 11:12am
Anyway I want to bring it up again but I am having trouble getting up the nerve because she always seems to have a way of rationalizing things like this. I think DH should talk to her but he is dragging his feet about it.