Curiosity in pre teens kills more than just cats.
+1. I have kids around this age. I'm not tremendously worried about my own children; what worries me is their friends
. Preteen boys are usually very interested in guns and weaponry in general- I was one once, I remember.
Despite my repeated warnings not to talk about Dad's guns, I'm confident they've told a few other kids, and it's pretty obvious from looking at my bookshelf and the handloading bench that I have more than a passing interest in firearms and probably own a few of them. I DON'T want another person's child to be able to find an unsecured firearm while nosing around my house!