Some people love guns, some people hate 'em. But the fact is that lots of Americans have them, and they need a place to store them. And the design of gun storage furniture has two main requirements seemingly at odds with each other: Gun owners want their firearms readily accessible, yet they don't want them out in the open where children or burglars can get to them.
The current solution is to create furniture with hideaway compartments (a sub-genre we looked briefly at here), as New Jersey Concealment Furniture does. And if web traffic is any indication (140,000-plus Facebook likes, 30,000 website hits last Saturday alone), business is booming for the Jersey-based company. Founder Dan Ingram designs and builds coat racks, end tables, nightstands, coffee tables, wall shelves and even clocks that secretively stow the end-user's firearm of choice.
"I love making this stuff," Ingram told local paper The Hunterdon County Democrat, even while detailing his struggles to keep up with demand. Ingram had run a home remodeling business that flatlined after the recession, before striking upon this largely untapped niche in the furniture market.
Ingram designs all of his pieces to lock mechanically, with either hidden electronic keypads, conventional keys, remote electronic key fobs or the old hidden-magnet trick. One thing he doesn't mess around with is fingerprint sensors: "If your hands are sweaty or a lady has lotion on her hands," he explains, "they don't work."