Guns Stolen From Unlocked Cars Does Nothing But Hurt Us


I just read a headline out of Nashville, Tennessee that said 20 guns were stolen from cars between July 7 — July 13. Eight of those firearms were stolen from unlocked cars. That isn't quite half, but pretty close.

Generally speaking, people who steal guns don't usually plan to turn them into decorative pieces. Rather, crime is usually the intended outcome from guns that're stolen.

After all, they're stolen by criminals. Meaning that your gun could be used to hurt an innocent person. Your gun could be used to kill someone. Think about that next time you want to leave your gun in your unlocked car.

Breaking it down even further, it seems that another percentage of those unlocked cars even had the keys left inside them, or easily available.

This means that even if the gun is “locked in my trunk” they can get to it if you leave your keys in the ignition, glove box, or sun visor.

If you have a truck/car gun, make sure it is secured properly so it's not stolen and used for crime. In fact, everything you can do to make a criminal's job harder, the better off you'll be. Studies have shown that the harder a target is, the easier it is for the criminal to walk away and look for an easier target.

This means locking the car and taking the keys with you. If you must leave a gun in your car when you're not in it, at least lock it up in a safe designed to make it harder to get. If your car is equipped with an alarm, turn it on.

Every single thing you can do to make their lives harder, the better off you'll be in the long run because you won't be one of those statistics. Anything is better than leaving your gun in an unlocked car. Even if you think you live in a safe neighborhood, nothing is guaranteed.

You can't know who is coming through your town, looking for cars to burglarize. It's better to be safe than sorry. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Here is the source article.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.


  1. Michael on July 19, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Just a couple days ago I sent this via FB messenger to

    • Jacob Paulsen on July 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Thank you for sharing. I think you sending that to us was part of the inspiration behind us writing this.

  2. Tom Bennett AMSOIL JOBBER on July 24, 2019 at 10:10 am

    “You can’t fix stupid”…John Wayne. Unlocked cars in this day and age + leaving your gun in a car……DUH!

  3. Matthew Carberry on July 24, 2019 at 11:06 am

    People need to realize, whether in their car or their home, that “hiding” the gun isn’t enough. Normal, law-abiding people are amateurs, criminals are pros. They know every hiding place you can think of.

    Conversely, most car prowls and smash and grabs are in and out in a few seconds, they search the known “hiding” spots and then leave. They typically don’t bring serious tools so even a basic lock box secured to the vehicle will represent too much time and noise to bother with.

    Being lazy (don’t want to be inconvenienced), or cheap (lock boxes aren’t expensive), justified by puerile pap like “hurr durr teach criminals not to steal,” causes harm to the carry rights movement and public safety. If it isn’t on your body, or in arms reach in your direct field of view at all times, lock it up.

  4. Greta Spring on July 24, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    There are already laws in place, at least in NY. Your gun must be locked in a safe if not on you. If it is stolen, even from a locked car, you risk losing all of your guns. Every place is different, every law officer makes exceptions, etc. Use your heads, people! Before they pass more stupid laws that only hurt the law abiding!

  5. Scott on June 29, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    That’re is not a word. Did someone get paid to write this?

    • Joshua Gillem on June 30, 2020 at 6:21 am

      You are correct, technically it is not a word. Did I still use it on purpose because it’s how people talk? Yep.



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