One of our goals as gun owners has to be safety. Pushing the envelope further than that, we need to make sure that any firearms we have are in our control at all times. What does this mean? It means that our self-defense tools should NOT fall into the hands of those who should not have firearms. I'm talking about kids, criminals, and anyone else who you don't want touching your guns.
What this means, for many of us, is that we need to lock our “extra” guns up when not in use–to include guns in your car.
As crazy as this sounds to me, an article was just published in Jacksonville, Florida showing that 521 guns have been stolen so far this year from unlocked cars, and those are just the ones that are reported. You can rest assured that not everyone is reporting to police that their guns are being stolen for whatever reason.
That's just one city.
A lot of these guns are being stolen from unlocked cars. These people are obviously not taking the necessary steps to ensure they are remaining in control of their guns at all times. So, let's figure out how we can fix this issue. And, if you are friends with someone who leaves his/her gun all by its lonesome in a car, share this article with them.
Lock your car:
This one is free, and really, should be a no-brainer. If you leave your firearm in your car, the doors should be locked. The windows should be up. The moonroof needs to be closed. Seriously, lock your crap. The fact that people think it's okay to leave their guns in their unlocked cars pisses me off. But, I digress and will move on.
Lock your crap. Okay, now I'm done. For real this time.
If you absolutely need to leave your gun in your car because you can't bring it to work with you, or you're not dressed appropriately for concealed carry, then at least put a safe in your car that makes it damn near impossible for a criminal to break in and steal it. Is this an extra expense? Sure it is, but if you are going to be leaving your gun in your car, shouldn't you do all you can to make sure it doesn't get used to kill an innocent person? Here is the pictured safe, if you're interested.
Bring it with you:
I've had my car broken into before with valuables taken, and can say that there is a better chance of an Alaskan buying snow than me leaving a gun in my car unattended. These days, if someone breaks into my car all they're gonna get is a few gum wrappers and 37 cents. Seriously. I don't keep anything of value in there anymore.
Does this leave some interesting problems if I have to go to the post office? Or, into my kid's school? Yeah. In those cases, it gets locked up in the car gun safe. But, I limit my time as much as possible in those areas and get back out to my car as quickly as I can.
Trust me when I say that the last thing any of us need is to have our gun stolen and used in a crime.
It's a simple fix, and there are plenty of ways you can secure your firearm. Wear it, leave it at home, lock it up in your car. The glove box is not a viable solution, even if there is a lock on it because they are easy to get into. Finally, don't think it can't happen to you, or believe that the area you live in is so safe that you don't need to lock your car. Criminals pass through cities all the time that they aren't from, and you could be next. So, I say again … lock your crap.