Using inexpensive safes to store firearms could be a bad idea as they can be easily opened by children thanks to clips or through a light bounce, security experts at a hacking convention in Las Vegas said.
The lack of security provided by such safes was demonstrated by a group of three lock security experts.
AdvertisementOne of the experts, Marc Tobias said that he started studying such safes following the death of Ryan Owens, 3, who was shot dead in 2010 with his father's service revolver which was placed in a similar safe.
Inexpensive gun safes cost around $75-$200 and can be purchased through Wal-Mart Stores and Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. The experts used one of the safes to demonstrate how easy it is to break it open by gently bouncing it on a table or inserting paper clips. Four safes were even opened by the 3-year old son of lock expert Tobias Bluzmanis. "This is really scary. The manufacturer never contemplated this. It is not just one type of safe. It's a lot of them", Marc Tobias said.