By Dave Goetzinger
I not too long ago examined a plastic toy that’s being marketed as a handgun secure on Amazon. The factor weighs about three kilos, is designed to resemble the a lot better Vaultek VT20i, and it’s made from the identical plastic LEGOs are.
It’s being bought beneath the kind identify Vehipa, although the precise maker of these items is Guangzhou Tsunami Industrial Equipment Co., Ltd., in China. This toy is a #1 Amazon New Release.
How dangerous is that this factor? As I stated, it’s made from ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), the identical factor LEGOs are made from. This plastic provides no resistance to frequent solvents, together with the solvents utilized in gun-cleaning merchandise.
Believe it or not, you might open the Vehipa handgun secure by pouring nail-polish remover all around the lock.
But that’s not the worst of it. You can even pop it open by bumping it in opposition to your knee.
See the video beneath to see how straightforward it’s to open this factor.
My prediction: Someone goes to get killed due to this gadget. Some child will probably be horsing round in the future and bump daddy’s or mommy’s handgun secure off the night time stand. It will hit the ground, fly open, and there will probably be few moments of pleasure as the child performs with the forbidden object. Then a finger will slip contained in the set off guard.
To say that I used to be horrified by my findings is an understatement. I’m insulted as a gun proprietor that Amazon continues to permit these irresponsible Chinese producers to place American gun homeowners in danger. I posted a video in regards to the system on Handgun Safe Research. Then I contacted the maker in China to point out them how harmful their product was. Then I wrote a evaluate for Amazon.
How have been my considerations acquired? Tsunami Industrial wrote this:
“You are only one to get the box with problems until now.” (grammar unaltered)
Amazon supplied the next as justification for prohibiting my evaluate from being posted:
“Thank you for submitting a customer review on Amazon. After carefully reviewing your submission, your review could not be posted to the website.”
They prompt that I evaluate their tips, which I did and located nothing that may prohibit my evaluate from being posted.
To perceive how these contraptions get available on the market, take into account that no person concerned within the manufacture of Chinese-made handgun safes — not business homeowners, industrial designers, manufacturing managers, or staff on meeting traces — not certainly one of these folks has ever dealt with a gun.
There is not any non-public gun possession in China. They don’t know what it means to reside in compliance with gun legal guidelines, and don’t exactly understand how the merchandise they make are used. See the picture beneath, pulled from the Alibaba itemizing for Yiwu Ospon Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. Trading Company, China.
When certainly one of these firms cobbles collectively one thing to be bought as a handgun secure, they’re solely guessing as to its doable use. Designs are based mostly on the sorts of options that appear to be promoting on Amazon. Thus, the Vehipa handgun secure isn’t truly designed to serve a selected operate. It’s a set of options.
The actuality is that Chinese industrial designers shouldn’t be designing gun-safety merchandise to be used within the United States. That type of work needs to be completed by people who find themselves educated about US gun legal guidelines and fundamental gun security. And if an organization needs any significant high quality management, that’s going to must be completed within the US as properly.
As for Amazon, the corporate ought to have a system in place by now to correctly consider product critiques. All anybody needed to do was watch my video to see how inappropriate the Vehipa Mini IOT is for functions of gun security. Yet whereas Amazon prevents different merchandise from being bought on the platform, like youngster intercourse dolls (additionally made in China), gun security merchandise don’t appear to fee any concern on their half.
Their silence speaks volumes.
Sure, we’ll promote gun security merchandise. But we take no accountability for the junk being peddled on our web site. We don’t give a rat’s ass whether or not any these merchandise are harmful. And in case your child will get killed since you have been duped into shopping for a harmful gadget, that’s what you get for owning a gun within the first place.
Dave Goetzinger is the writer of handgunsaferesearch.com.