Feeling hesitant about leaving your gun in the car? Discover some useful tips for certain situations to help you make a good decision.
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Leaving Your Gun in the Car | Making the Right Decision
Be in Control
Quick question: Do you store a gun in your car? Do you have a car gun safe?
You don’t have to answer, but I’d love to hear if you do or not.
If you do, I’d like to encourage you to not actually store a gun in your car, overnight, or otherwise. I get it, sometimes just leaving it in there is much easier, especially if you live in a nosy neighborhood where “guns are bad.”
But, what would you do if your gun was ever stolen?
As we’ve discussed in great detail in the past, you need to be in control of your firearms at all time. If you leave it somewhere, even if in your car, you’re not in control of it.
When storing a firearm in a vehicle, they should be as secure as you can make them. Even if you have the most advanced car alarm in the world, it’s not secure enough.
Unusual Gun Cases
There are ways around leaving your gun in a vulnerable position, like in a locked car, truck, or minivan. Plenty of case manufacturers make gun cases designed to not look like there’s a firearm inside.
These are great for going to and from your truck — so you can bring your gun inside with you at the end of the day. There are cases that look like laptop cases, racket cases, guitar cases, etc.
- Great for carrying in public, storing on a bookshelf or in your favorite safe
- All leather cases come with a locking zipper to keep honest people honest a little longer
- Comes with Gold Embossed Lettering on a black leather case that is 6.5" wide, 9.5" tall, 1.5" thick
- Great gift idea
- 100% money back guarantee if you are fully satisfied. Just return the product for a full refund within 60 days. Garrison Grip supplies concealed carry accessories for guns pistols firearms like Smith & Wesson Ruger Glock Taurus Remington Sig Sauer Kahr Springfield Armory Beretta and Hi-Point. Trademark "Garrison Grip" Serial No: 86146227 and "orGUNizer" Serial No: 85695498 and U.S. Trademark "Micro Trigger Stop" Serial No: 87093441.
Or, you can just get creative and use things that aren’t meant for guns, like this bass guitar case purchased at a music store:
You don’t even have to buy a new case if you already have something that may work. I know someone who used to pack an MP-5 in his laptop case just because he could.
It was one of those fancy cases with multiple pockets and the MP-5 fit in one of them perfectly. Strangely enough, that computer case is a lot like the one I own. Huh.
Anyway, there are other folks who pretend to play tennis and use a specially padded case to carry an AK with a folding stock.
Know the Possible Consequences If You Leave the Gun
The point is that there are ways for you to carry a truck gun (or trunk gun) discreetly while retaining the ability to bring it in and out of your vehicle gun safe when you get back home or to leave for work in the morning.
And, if you don’t care about it being discreet, just carry however you want. It’s just not a good idea to leave it in your car where thieves can take it during your slumber.
But, what about those pesky times when you need to go to the post office or your kid’s school? Well, if you’d be a “law-abiding gun owner,” you’d likely leave your gun in the car.
Lucky for you, they make gun vaults of all shapes and sizes which are much more secure than just leaving it out in the open.
- PORTABLE CASE with a secure BUILT-IN LOCK SYSTEM. Integrating precision engineered safe technology and anti-impact latch design, LifePod travel cases feature a built-in lock allowing you to quickly lock LifePod for added security when needed. Easily portable to travel in your car, the office, on a boat, backpacks, and in luggage. Meets TSA guidelines.
- TOUCH ACTIVATED KEYPAD. A unique backlit LED capacitive keypad provides entry of the master code to unlock and quick press to lock action when locking. Backup manual keys are included to unlock LifePod.
- LIGHTWEIGHT AND RUGGED. A proprietary material blend to provide LIGHTWEIGHT characteristics with SUPERIOR STRENGTH for the ultimate impact resistant rugged lock box. A unique ANTI-PICKING FEATURE can be enabled from the interior to disable the front keyway and prevent the lock from being picked open.
- DUAL SIDE COMPRESSION LATCHES combine with an inner rubber gasket to form a watertight seal. LifePod has ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION to be airtight, dust proof, and floats in water when loaded with 2lb of weight. INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: Nylon tether lanyard, manual keys, crate foam, and steel security cable.
- Can be used without a battery and still function as a waterproof case. Powered by a 9V alkaline battery (not included) with a battery life of up to one year under normal use. The front rubber keyhole cover disguises an integrated micro-USB port to power the unit in case of a dead battery. FITMENT: Handgun up to 7.75" in overall length, 6.5" in overall width, and 1.75" tall. Interior Dimensions: 7.75" L x 6" W x 1.75” H.
I’ve had my car broken into in the past. Thankfully, my gun wasn’t in the car, because that’s just not something I need to deal with.
But, after the break-in happened, it made me realize a few things. First, locked or not, cars are extremely vulnerable and easily broken into.
Second, people suck and are willing to take anything from the loose change in your cup-holder (broke asses), to the GPS stuck to your windshield (lost asses), to the pack of opened gum in the center console (halitosis much?).
Finally, I don’t need my gun used to kill, rape, maim, or rob innocent people. It’s meant to stop the bad guys from doing those things
And that, my friends, is the most important one. Furthermore, thinking about the future for my kids, if my gun was ever stolen it would help to fuel the fire of anti-gun minds across the nation.
My gun and I would become a part of a statistic about stolen guns being used to kill, and then, they’d claim that the only way to fix it is by taking guns away because people cannot obviously keep track of them.
Watch this video by Jarhead6 about leaving your gun in the car:
It’s never a good idea to leave your gun in the car. You can’t give criminals a chance to steal it and use it against you or any random innocent person.
At least do something to give your gun a nice concealment but it’s always better to bring it with you if possible.
What can you say about leaving the gun in the car? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 16, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.