If the gun is never kept loaded in the house it safe to have around children. We keep our gun by the door and the shells WAAAY up high in the back of the coat closet. No way anyone can put the two together and get themselves in trouble without a lot of time to think about what they are doing. And there are only adults in this house. And if we load it to scope out a nighttime noise, we UNLOAD it before we enter the house. (again, only adults living here, but gun safety is a MUST around me) You might want to keep the gun out of sight, but handy and the shells behind the soap powder in the laundry room....but if you have things you want to protect you do need to have your "protection" close at hand. Just separately, close at hand.