This is, of course, the OTHER half of the gun security issue.Well maate, now that you mention it I guess I actually do keep all of my guns locked when not in my presence. Security is relative to the situation.
I can legally keep a loaded gun under my truck seat in Texas, do not ever, I keep it locked in the tool-box for the security of the gun to not be stolen. In my case, I do not go to or work in dangerous places. I have it if staying at a motel, staying with family or friends, or a roadside break-down. That gun is more for security of the truck/tools than me personally. Nobody wants me, but the truck/tools are very valuable.
At my shop, I keep a gun in the desk unsecured. But the shop is locked and very secure. I honestly doubt a thief would ever find the gun because he would be too busy with all of the tools and supplies on the way. Not likely to ever be burglarized at this location.
My home which is locked but not very secure at all I also keep a gun in the desk. But that is hidden in the desk. Actually the whole house is hidden. Very remote location. That gun is removed, as business reasons keep me away from home. I have a .22 rifle unsecured in plain sight behind a locked door and a 30.30 bolt action unsecured but hidden there.
A gun safe would be pointless at home, impractical at the shop, and too large for my truck. Circumstantial. If I lived in an apartment with these guns, I would absolutely have a gun-safe. Many years ago I lived with a rather unstable woman, and at that time I did keep the ammunition locked up. Guns not locked or hidden, but unloaded.
Bottom line... it is all circumstantial. In my case, I have no real use for a gun case because it is impractical for me. In my case, I have no need for a Concealed Carry Permit because it is impractical for me. My guns are secure, not the MAXIMUM secure, but secure enough. My guns are accessible, not the MAXIMUM accessible, but accessible enough. It is all a matter of personal judgement, and personal responsibility, which must be left to the freedom of the individual. This cannot be 'legislated'.
A gun that is locked in the safe is next door to useless in a self-defense scenario, thus the trade-off between access and security.