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The gun lockers market size is expected to reach US$ 1.52 billion by 2031, from US$ 0.95 billion in 2024, growing at a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast period. Gun lockers are secure storage solutions used to safely store firearms and prevent unauthorized access. Key advantages include organized storage, quick access in emergencies, and prevention of accidents or misuse. Major drivers include increasing gun ownership and stringent safety regulations mandating locked storage.

The gun lockers market is segmented by product type, material, lock type, end user, distribution channel, and region. By product type, the long gun lockers segment accounts for the largest share. The rising ownership of rifles and shotguns, especially in the US, is driving the adoption of long gun storage cabinets and lockers.

Gun Lockers Market Regional Insights

  • North America: North America is the largest market for gun lockers, with a share of over 35% in 2024. The region is expected to continue to dominate the market during the forecast period, due to the high number of gun owners in the U.S. The U.S. is the largest market for gun lockers in North America, followed by Canada.
  • Europe: Europe is the second-largest market for gun lockers, with a share of over 25% in 2024. The region is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% during the forecast period, due to the increasing awareness about the importance of gun safety. Germany, the U.K., and France are the largest markets for gun lockers in Europe.
  • Asia Pacific: Asia Pacific is the third-largest market for gun lockers, with a share of over 15% in 2023. The region is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period, due to the growing number of gun owners in emerging economies such as India and China. Japan and South Korea are the largest markets for gun lockers in Asia Pacific.

Figure 1. Global Gun Lockers Market Share (%), by Region, 2024


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Gun Lockers Market Drivers

  • Increasing Gun Ownership and Safety Concerns: The demand for gun lockers is largely being driven by the increase in civilian gun ownership, particularly in the U.S According to a 2021 report by the Small Arms Survey, there are over 393 million civilian held firearms in the United States alone Gun culture, the need for self-defense, and growing public perceptions of crime and civil unrest are some of the reasons contributing to the increase.
  • Stringent Firearm Safety Regulations: Stringent firearm safety regulations across various countries are a major factor driving the growth of the gun lockers market. With rising incidents of accidental deaths and injuries due to unsafe firearm storage, governments are enforcing strict laws regarding proper firearm storage in locked containers. In the U.S., several states have enacted laws mandating firearm owners to securely store their weapons and ammunition separately using gun safes, lock boxes or trigger locks when not in use. As per the data by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), inappropriate firearm storage practices have led to nearly 350 unintentional shooting deaths among children (aged 0-14 years) in the U.S. during 2019-2020. This issue is prompting federal and states legislators to amend existing laws and impose fines on individuals violating safe storage norms.

Gun Lockers Market Opportunities

  • Innovation in Biometric Technologies: The integration of advanced biometric technologies presents a great opportunity for growth in the gun lockers market. Biometric authentication provides a secure and user-friendly way for gun owners to access their firearms. Technologies like fingerprint recognition, facial recognition, and iris scanning offer convenience alongside enhanced security. Rather than relying on traditional combination locks or keys that can be forgotten or stolen, biometric locks ensure only authorized users gain access. Rising safety concerns around firearm thefts and unauthorized access will be a key driver for biometric integration in gun lockers. A per recent data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (FBI NICS), 2021 witnessed over 27 million background checks associated with gun sales in the U.S. alone, the second highest annual figure on record.
  • Emergence of Smart and Connected Gun Storage: The emergence of smart and connected gun storage solutions provides a great opportunity for growth in the gun lockers market. With advanced technologies like biometrics, Bluetooth connectivity and remote access via smartphone apps, modern gun safes allow gun owners to securely store their firearms while maintaining easy access when needed. These digitized storage options address key consumer needs around both safety and convenience. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed nearly 45,222 people died by suicide with firearms in the U.S. in 2020. Of these, more than half involved individuals between the ages of 25 to 54 years. Similarly, the largest category of unintentional shooting deaths involved individuals between 15 to 24 years of age. Safe storage practices have proven effective in preventing such tragic outcomes.

Gun Lockers Market Trends

  • Innovations in Fireproofing: Innovations in fireproofing technology are having a significant impact on the gun lockers market. Traditional gun lockers often used basic sheet metal construction which could pose a fire risk if exposed to high heat. However, newer fireproofing materials like ceramics and intumescent polymers are now being integrated into gun locker construction. These innovative materials expand and become insulating when exposed to fire, providing extra protection to the gun locker's contents. Many gun owners are now seeking out gun lockers made with these fireproofing innovations due to growing safety concerns around wildfires and structure fires. According to the Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association, calls for training on proper firearm storage nearly doubled from 2019 to 2021, indicative of the growing focus consumers have on safety when choosing firearms security products like lockers or safes.
  • Customization and Premiumization: The gun locker market is experiencing significant changes driven by the trends of customization and premiumization. With rising concerns around gun safety and security, gun owners are increasingly looking for gun lockers that perfectly match their individual needs and style preferences. Gun locker manufacturers are responding by offering a wide variety of customized options to their customers. Customers can now personalize every small detail of their gun locker, from choosing different exterior finishes like woodgrain, camouflage and other textured patterns to opting for customizable interior configurations to store a different number of guns and ammunition. Premium gun locker manufacturers also allow clients to pick lighting, locker size, digital locking systems and other features as per their requirement. This has enabled gun owners to find locker solutions that blend perfectly with their home interior aesthetics and satisfy their unique storage needs. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 2021 survey, 68% of gun owners believe that keeping firearms safely stored is crucial for overall safety. Additionally, more than half of gun owners reported using gun safes or lockers, suggesting increased awareness and spending on secure storage options.

Gun Lockers Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 0.95 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024- 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 6.9% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 1.52 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Long gun lockers, Handgun lockers, Firearm cabinets, Gun wall racks, Others
  • By Material: Steel, Wood, Composite, Others 
  • By Lock Type: Electronic, Biometric, Mechanical, Others
  • By End-user: Residential, Military, Law enforcement, Shooting ranges, Others
  • By Distribution Channel: Offline, Online
Companies covered:

Stack-On, Liberty Safe, Cannon Safe, Brown Safe, Mesa Safe, Fort Knox, Blue Dot Safes, SecureIt Gun Storage, Amsec, Gardall Safe, GunVault, First Alert, Rhino Metals, Barska, V-Line Industries, SentrySafe, Homak Manufacturing, Gun Safe America, Superior Safe Company, Sturdy Gun Safe

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing firearm ownership
  • Rising safety concerns 
  • Stringent gun safety regulations  
  • Increasing defense spending
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High cost of premium gun lockers
  • Complex regulatory policies
  • Limitations of mechanical locks
  • Declining household gun ownership

Gun Lockers Market Restraints

  • High Costs Limit Adoption: The high cost of sophisticated gun cabinets and lockers creates affordability issues and discourages adoption, particularly among owners with lesser incomes. For example, premium biometric or smart safes can set you back more than $2,000. Prices are also driven up by the high hardware costs associated with electronic locks.
  • Counter Balance: Work with gun manufacturers to arrange bundled sales, in which a gun locker is offered at a reduced price when purchased with a firearm. Add cutting-edge features to the gun locker that enhance its value and help to offset its increased cost, like smart connectivity or biometric access. Provide ongoing upkeep and repair services to raise the perceived worth of the money spent on a high-end gun locker.
  • Limitations of Mechanical Locks: One of the major factors restraining the growth of the gun lockers market is the limitations of conventional mechanical locks that are typically used to secure firearms in gun lockers. Mechanical locks can be easily picked or broken into with minimal effort, posing a serious security risk. According to a study by UNODC in 2021, firearms theft in homes accounted for over 25% of illegal guns used in homicides worldwide. With traditional locks, unauthorized persons can gain access to firearms within minutes using simple lock picking tools or techniques. This poses a grave risk, especially in homes with children or where guns are not safely secured. The inability of mechanical locks to reliably stop determined thieves is a major consumer concern and limiting trust in gun lockers.
  • Counter Balance: In order to encourage gun owners to upgrade, insurance companies should work with you to offer lower premiums for those who purchase sophisticated locking mechanisms. By embracing technological advancements and continuing to prioritize consumer education, companies can offset the disadvantages of mechanical locks and improve the overall security and desirability of their gun storage solutions. Staying up to date with technological advancements and consumer preferences is essential for providing effective advice on product development, market positioning, and competitive strategy.

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In January 2022, Manufacturing Company is an American manufacturer of ammunition cartridges, components and handloading equipments, based in Grand Island, Nebraska. Launched the RAPiD Safe AR Gun Locker, an AR-15 wall locker with RFID technology and a simplex mechanical lock providing quick access. It caters to defense needs.
  • In May 2020, Liberty Safe Products, Inc. (doing business as Liberty Safe) is a residential & commercial safe manufacturer based in Payson Utah, USA. Liberty Safe introduced the Lincoln series of high-quality gun safes that are equipped with Guardian Technology to withstand burglaries. They provide the highest level of protection for high-quality firearms.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In August 2021, Ontario-based Brown Safe, a preeminent builder of innovative, rugged, and luxurious safes and vaults, acquired custom safe manufacturer Steelwater Gun Safes. The acquisition expands Brown Safe's capabilities in premium gun locker manufacturing.
  • In March 2022, SentrySafe, which offers a broad range of secure storage solutions to keep your valuables protected from unexpected perils, theft and more, partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote secure firearm storage through educational programs and providing discounts on biometric gun safes.

Figure 2. Global Gun Lockers Market Share (%), by Material, 2023


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Top companies in Gun Lockers Market

  • Stack-On
  • Liberty Safe
  • Cannon Safe
  • Brown Safe
  • Mesa Safe
  • Fort Knox
  • Blue Dot Safes
  • SecureIt Gun Storage
  • Amsec
  • Gardall Safe
  • GunVault
  • First Alert
  • Rhino Metals
  • Barska
  • V-Line Industries
  • SentrySafe
  • Homak Manufacturing
  • Gun Safe America
  • Superior Safe Company
  • Sturdy Gun Safe

*Definition: Gun lockers refer to secure, locking storage solutions designed to safely and organizedly store firearms like handguns, rifles, shotguns and prevent unauthorized access or misuse, especially around children. Gun lockers come in various sizes, shapes and designs and utilize different locking mechanisms ranging from electronic, biometric to mechanical locks. Key advantages offered by gun lockers and cabinets include quick access in emergencies, prevention of accidents and organized storage allowing systematic access in shooting ranges and armories. The various types of gun storage solutions include long gun lockers, handgun lockers, firearm cabinets, wall racks and vehicle lock boxes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The key factors hampering growth of the gun lockers market are High costs, limitations of mechanical locks, complex regulatory policies, declining household gun ownership in countries such as Australia.

The major factors driving the gun lockers market growth are increasing gun ownership, stringent safety regulations, adoption by military/law enforcement, and rise of shooting ranges.

The leading By Product Type segment in the gun lockers market is the long gun lockers segment. Long gun lockers are used to securely store rifles, shotguns, and other long-barrel firearms.

Stack-On, Liberty Safe, Cannon Safe, Brown Safe, Mesa Safe, Fort Knox, Blue Dot Safes, SecureIt Gun Storage, Amsec, Gardall Safe, GunVault, First Alert, Rhino Metals, Barska, V-Line Industries, SentrySafe, Homak Manufacturing, Gun Safe America, Superior Safe Company, and Sturdy Gun Safe.

North America is expected to lead the gun lockers market.

The CAGR of the gun lockers market is expected to be 6.9% from 2024 to 2031.

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