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Old 12-04-2009, 12:49 AM   #11
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In NJ all firearms must be secured out of reach of the driver. Since no one but retired LEO get CCW anything else is out of the question. In NJ, adding insult to injury, open carry is considered concealed carry as is carrying in a vehicle. So the short of it is, if it's in the car it needs to be locked up, separate from the ammo; in other words a paperweight.

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I have a CPL which is the only legal way for a reg. citizen to legally transport a loaded firearm in a pass. veh. in Mi. at least as far as I know unless we get into the open carry subject which I'm not all that up on.
But anywhoo . . If I cant find a way around leaving my weapon behind, I use a steel lock box. $40.00 and "I really mean it when I say I try to avoid it"!

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I live in Arkansas and have a CCL. I cary mine in a console that I bought for cds and stuff. It is in the floorboard right under the stereo. It rides with the barrel down and grip up in the holster. I can reach it while driving. I keep a ball cap over it so its not in plain sight but it is in reach.

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I remember hearing about the dashboard thing. Does not seem very good to do that at all.
I think it cut down on Road Rage a good bit. Then again, there used to be a roller coaster on Ocean View, Mount Trashmore was a dump, and the Peppermint Beach Club was really on the beach!
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When in my car i keep it in the glove box. If i get out of the car and leave it in their say, to go into some banks or GOV office or what not i just leave it in my glove box buried under a mountian of boring papers im sure a thief wouldnt waste their time digging though and just lock my doors of course, my glovebox dont lock so im kinda screwed their. i live in WA and have a CCW so 99% of the time i just take it outa the car. last year i was out in the mountains and came home for a few hours and was going to leave agin so i was about to leave my glock in the glove box of my civic while i went inside to shower, came back outside and my car was gone so its a good thing i took it inside with me to change from FMJ to hollow points,how ever i did leave my wallet in the car with my CC permit in it and about a month later the smart ass kids parrents found it and mailed it back to me with a return address of their house which turned out to be his chop shop.

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When in my car i keep it in the glove box. If i get out of the car and leave it in their say, to go into some banks or GOV office or what not i just leave it in my glove box buried under a mountian of boring papers im sure a thief wouldnt waste their time digging though and just lock my doors of course, my glovebox dont lock so im kinda screwed their. i live in WA and have a CCW so 99% of the time i just take it outa the car. last year i was out in the mountains and came home for a few hours and was going to leave agin so i was about to leave my glock in the glove box of my civic while i went inside to shower, came back outside and my car was gone so its a good thing i took it inside with me to change from FMJ to hollow points,how ever i did leave my wallet in the car with my CC permit in it and about a month later the smart ass kids parrents found it and mailed it back to me with a return address of their house which turned out to be his chop shop.
That is an awesome story! I bet you got them!
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I keep my gun on my hip (in a holster) while driving. I keep it on my hip when I get out of the car, too.

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I keep my gun on my hip (in a holster) while driving. I keep it on my hip when I get out of the car, too.
And a .45 Cal too. Good choice.
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In MO you can legally carry a locked and loaded pistol any where in the car. personally, I would never carry mine laying loose anywhere, on the seat, dashboard, floor, ...anywhere. In case of a crash, there is no telling where it might wind up. I have a thumb break holster zip tied in my Caravan to the side of the driver's seat. Normally I will remove the pistol it and put it in my IWB holster if I leave the car. If that is not possible, then I lock it in the glove box.

Eventually I will by one of those little metal boxes that comes with a steel cable that locks it to the seat frame. Not that this will any way reduce the possibility of theft but if the bad guy steals my gun and uses it, then it MAY lessen my legal liabilities when I get sued.

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If your situation dictates that your personal defense firearm be locked and or unloaded,(such as the case where children could possibly gain access) it's usefulness becomes so severely compromised that your chances of being shot by an intruder will probably actually increase. IMO, an intruder with a gun is far more likely to use it if he feels threatened by seeing his "victim" attempted to load or unlock their weapon that their chances of being killed or injured actually increase by brandishing an unload weapon.

The laws in my state are rather vague regarding carrying a loaded weapon in a car, unconcealed. Under state law it is legal but with a provision that allows individual counties or communities to override the state law! So it kind of depends upon where you happen to be driving at the time. I've carried a loaded handgun in my vehicle for nearly 30 years (semi-unconcealed ;-) and of course unlocked and plan to continue. In my home, the same. I have not come close to ever needing to use the weapons in either location, but enough people have, that I have concluded it is the most prudent course of action to take.

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