I'm all for keeping the gun adn the ammunition separate, different rooms, or locked in a safe.I think edog is wrong that you can legally keep a loaded gun where a y oung child can have access to it.
But I agree with Race in that what protection can you get from an unloaded gun kept locked away, separate from ammunition (also locked away)?
ZEro. There's no point in even owning it, then, unless you keep it all in your bedroom for middle-of-the-night break-ins.
I read an article that said there are safes and to lock up your gun and ammunition. They suggest practice getting your gun out in an emergency situation, that you can get the time down to nothing. Makes sense. Yes it's more work but I think it's a good idea.
Then again, I wouldn't allow a gun in my house. I'm not saying no one can have a gun in their house. I'm saying I wouldn't.
I'd also speak up for someone's right to have a gun if they weren't mentally ill nor a felon and followed the laws, rules and regulations to own one. I, of course, can't think of every situation where it would not be kosher to have a gun but those two things come to mind. Oh -- if you ever committed a violent crime. Ya, I think those people should not own a gun.
I would not be against a mental evaluation as part of licensing. Yes, I know how difficult it would be to set up rules. I'm talking in the general sense. I don't have all the do's and don't