Ever have a "oh yeah take the guns out of trunk" before going to work/travel moment??


April 12, 2012, 03:32 PM
Now this thread IS NOT for you to say you accidentally drove into NJ once with an assault rifle with a 30 round magazine or something like that, but about if you almost did or how you avoid it.

Luckily I've never had that issue, but I have had moments in the shower before I go to work where I go, "oh yeah take the guns out of the trunk". I commute to NJ (and NY via train), so getting stopped with guns and ammo and a 30 round M4(22lr) would be a bad idea. I keep having the fear that one time I'll forget. Odds are I'd go back and forth with no issues and feel incredibly lucky...but I'd prefer to not have to worry at all. For me I'm making sure to take everything out when I get back (I had stopped to get groceries and could carry everything back). Anyone else ever have those moments where you COULD, but didn't have left guns in and travel somewhere bad.

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April 12, 2012, 04:01 PM
yeah, ""before"

April 12, 2012, 04:04 PM
Sure! I used to commute into DC every day. Every stray round of ammo rolling around the floorboards of my truck could have put me in jail.

'Course, if you travel by air the same thing could be said about the carry-on bag you used last month (or last YEAR) to haul some extra stuff to the range!

April 12, 2012, 04:10 PM
Years ago I needed to get some tax forms from the local Federal building and realized I had a Spyderco Endura upon my person. I had parked not so far away but with minimal fare/payment. Anyway, I snuck that blade deep down in a stack of some free magazines/papers in a dispensor right out front. I thought the risk of loss was worth it at the time.. it was still there and I got my forms and didn't get a parking ticket so there you go.

April 12, 2012, 04:22 PM
Yea, I don't have a carry permit. But in Kentucky it is legal to have a loaded handgun in your glove compartment, center console or any factory installed compartment without any kind of permit.

Almost forgot to take the pistol out of the glove compartment when I was going to take a ride into Ohio, get in the truck, start the truck...that nagging feeling...was I forgetting something..? Open up the glove compartment... Yep... forgot to take the pistol out of the glove box!

It is not legal to have a loaded handgun in your glove compartment in Ohio or Indiana without a permit. I would imagine it is a felony or close to it. But in KY it is OK.

Zach S
April 12, 2012, 04:40 PM
Yep, have forgot on occasions that I recall. Have probably forgot on a few occasions and didnt notice... Nothing that would worry me as much as an M4gery in the trunk while going to NJ though.

A few years ago I went to pay property taxes on my vehicles and remembered to leave the gun in the car. Upon getting in line at the metal detector, and the deputy handing me a basket for my stuff, I realized that I still had my pocketknife and two spare magazines on me... I told him I forgot something and had to run back out to the car, and he asked what I forgot. He said something like "unless you brought drugs or a gun in with you, it probably a big deal." I told him I didn't do drugs, and I remembered to leave my gun in the car, but had my two spare magazines and my pocketknife...

He said he'd hold on to them there and return them when I left. Grabbed an envelope, asked for my name, and I handed him my stuff. I paid my taxes, got my stuff back, and left through the entrance without incident.

I shoulda bought a lottery ticket while Lady Luck wasn't looking...

Mr. D
April 12, 2012, 05:36 PM
Once I was coming back home from Hagerstown MD. Suddenly realized I was still carrying. That's the reason they never tell you when they say "Concealed means concealed!"

April 12, 2012, 08:28 PM
I get a kick out of the announcements at my daughters High school, reminding the students to remove their deer rifles or shotguns before coming to school.

April 12, 2012, 08:49 PM
I've walked home from the repair shop with more guns on me than I had coming in because I'd forgotten to remove one from my truck. Fortunately, it was a handgun. :evil:
I've also stopped mid-stride, done an about-face, and returned to my truck to stash one I was carrying on more than one occasion when going into a firearms-prohibited place.

April 12, 2012, 09:03 PM
How about living 34 miles from work and dropping your vehicle off near work for some repairs and rememebering pistol in console and you work for a bank with a no weapons policy. I had to pull into a semi empty parking lot, wrap the pistol in a hand towel I keep tucked between my seat and console and hide it in the "hidden" compartment under the back seat where the jack is stored. This was a fully equipped shop so no need for them to access the emergency jack.

But not nearly as frightening as a friend who nearly walked into the Smithsonian in DC (metal detectors) carrying a Kel-Tec .32. I won't risk the flames and say how he resolved that issue.

Jeff F
April 12, 2012, 09:11 PM
I rented a safety deposit box at a wells fargo in Reno because I forgot a handgun in my jeep and was on my way to Sacramento CA. I did not want to do a 120 mile round trip just to take it home.

April 12, 2012, 09:15 PM
Or working at a Navy/DOE nuclear facility and right as you pass the guard post you remember that the Yugo SKS you took to the range the previous day was still in the trunk of your car. :banghead:

April 13, 2012, 12:07 AM
I was waiting to pass through the gate to get to my sons on post house when I noticed the loaded AR mag in the glove box, I thought hell that will bring down some scrutiny if the check me out. I guess I must have looked like a good guy and they passed me right on through, when I got out in my sons drive I noticed the 380 stuck in the compartments attached to the door. Just about shat myself thinking of what the MP would have done after walking up to my open door and looking down.

April 13, 2012, 12:18 AM
Every day. I work on-post. :)

April 13, 2012, 12:19 AM
I work for an independent contractor inside of two different companies. One company we do work for is very gun friendly and i routinely have long guns and pistols in my trunk inside their parking garage because the range is my way home. I even talk with their security guards about what I'm planning to shoot and there are no problems. The other company we contract for builds jet airplanes and is technically located on a national airports property, and they are very touchy about weapons, even a pocketknife is a no no. So yes I have "oh yeah" moments from time to time switching between the two.

April 13, 2012, 12:30 AM
Walked into a post office CC'ing once. Didn't realize it until hours later, when I went to use the bathroom at home. :uhoh:

I mean I knew I had it on me during the errands I was doing AFTER the post office, but didn't realize I had it on me in the post office until I got home.

No harm no foul. Won't ever do it again. ;)

April 13, 2012, 04:15 AM
An "oh, crap" moment.

A long time ago I drove up to the Rocky Flats nuclear trigger plant on some business with my "car gun," a .380, and had just pulled in when I noticed the no firearms sign. I mean, this is Colorado, and it's not so hard to forget you've got a gun in the car.

Could not back out, there was a car behind me, and the only way to handle it was to tell the guard I had a firearm, and could I pull in and turn around and go back out?

No problem. He just told me I'd have to unload it, surrender the gun, and I'd get it back on the way out.

Gave me a receipt with the serial number and that was that. When I left, I handed him the receipt, got my gun, and off I drove. No muss, no fuss, no hassle.

Had to do the same thing a couple of times on later occasions, and it got to be routine. Over the years, I thought that guard had handled the gun more than anyone else in the world besides me --until I started to teach my sons to shoot.

I understand that some states have a law that if you're going to prohibit firearms, you have to have some kind of procedure for honest law-abiding citizens to check in their legal personal defense firearms.

Now that's the way it ought to be everywhere!

Terry, 230RN

April 13, 2012, 06:18 AM
I tried to avoid the occupied, communists states, (I don't even like to fly over them for fear of a forced landing where my gun would be illegal) but alas work takes me to them sometime.

I often keep one of my Makarovs with FMJ in my car. This is legal in my state as I am a CCW holder. I had to drive to northern NJ for work, and when I got close to the building for my appointment, I noticed a NJ State Police mandatory check point, where officers were pulling people over and checking their cars. If I hadn't taken that little Mak out, I would have really been sweating. It becomes my turn, and the officer waves me through as I had an out of state license, and they were just checking NJ licenses for proper vehicle inspections.

April 13, 2012, 06:37 AM

April 13, 2012, 07:25 AM
Sort of. I do some service work for the county sheriff's office (auto repair). I stopped by the courthouse one time to drop off some paperwork at the commissioner's office and had my carry on me. Oops. Anyway, the gaurd at the doors handled it well and held the sidearm and holster for me until I got back. Had I been driving my own truck I would have gone out and locked it up in there but I was driving a customer's car at the time.

BTW, you might think driving a police car would be fun, it 's not. First, flipping on the lights or sirens (outside the shop of course) is impersonation and is a misdemeanor. And you can't get a decent test drive in one because everybody in front of you goes reeeally slow.

Double Vision
April 13, 2012, 07:41 AM
I rented a safety deposit box at a wells fargo in Reno because I forgot a handgun in my jeep and was on my way to Sacramento CA. I did not want to do a 120 mile round trip just to take it home.

That was some quick thinking and a practical solution.

There are some interesting comments in this thread. I'll keep them in mind when I'm living in a free state where a CCW is a possibility.

April 13, 2012, 08:14 AM
Hmmm...forgot the funniest one:

Back in about 2005 when a group of pals and I met up at Knob Creek, one afternoon we decided we'd go see the George S. Patton Armor Museum nearby. So we all piled into my buddy's car and hit the highway. We saw the exit, took the ramp, and as we came around the big blind sweeping exit ramp sweep we saw that we were driving right up to the gate to enter Ft. Knox ... with a car load of rifles, pistols, and machine guns!

My buddy driving immediately announced our ... er ... little problem. The guards were quite stern. Demanded ID from everyone in the car. Then after about 10 sec. of the hairy eyeball, grinned and pointed to a round-about with another guard about 50 yds. farther up. Told us to drive directly to the U-turn and head right back out -- but then gave us directions to the county Sheriff's office and told us he'd be happy to hold all our firearms temporarily while we came back to tour the museum! :)

Nice guys, really, and this being only a few miles from KCR, they get that "little problem" pretty regularly.

April 13, 2012, 08:56 AM
My father-in-law before he passed away in the late 90's told me his oh yeah moment. Back in the late 1970's he had taken his daughter and her grandma to the airport in Knoxville TN to catch a flight and at that time you could walk to the gate with them and watch them load and depart.

This was way before CCW and he was a stubborn cuss who didn't care, he carried anyway. As he approached the metal detectors literally 10 ft. away it dawned on him he was carrying a Colt 1908 .25 in his pants pocket. People were behind him and he couldn't bail so he figured he would be going to jail as he walked through the detectors.

He said the detectors never made a sound and he just kept walking, saw them off and skedaddled as soon as they went through the gate.

April 13, 2012, 08:59 AM
The Trinity site where the first atomic bomb was detonated is open for tourists only two days a year on Saturdays in April and October. It's located inside the White Sands missile range in NM. I had always wanted to go there so I built a fun "atomic tourism" vacation around the October date a few years ago. As I was pulling up to the admission gate I heard the guards asking everyone "Do you have any firearms or alcohol in your vehicle?" Well, I was batting .500 on that one.

When my turn came I was honest and told him I had both a rifle and a handgun, and he very politely told me I would not be allowed to enter. Having driven halfway across the continent to visit this one spot on this one day, you can imagine I wasn't thrilled by this news. I asked him what he thought I should do. He shrugged a bit and said "Most folks just hide them in the desert somewhere."

So I wheeled around and drove back a few miles toward the entrance until I spotted a dirt track that seemed to head nowhere. I drove until I was far enough from the road that the other incoming tourists couldn't quite see what I was doing --keep in mind this is the NM desert so there were no trees or landforms to obscure the view for miles. I spotted a cactus that I hoped I could recognize, popped open the trunk, then jumped out and stashed my rifle and my carry gun behind it.

By the time I made it back to the gate the line to get in had grown considerably. The same guard I had spoken to earlier asked me the same question and I answered "No, I do not!" whereupon he waved me through without comment.

I spent a little over an hour at the Trinity monument, but I can tell you it was a nervous time, especially since the handgun I left laying in the sand has a 4473 with my name on it! I didn't cut my visit short, but I can't say it was as enjoyable as it otherwise might have been.

Needless to say I was incredibly relieved when on the way out I recognized "my" cactus and both my guns were still behind it.

April 13, 2012, 09:06 AM
Had everything packed for my road trip to Canada, and hopped in the car to leave. I was just about out of my driveway before I realized I was still armed.
A separate incident; I have a small duffel bag I used to use as a range bag. I'd take everything out of it and put clothes and stuff while traveling. I went to Canada to visit my Dad, and may have forgot a box or two of ammo. Funny thing was that we did get stopped coming back into the US, but they never looked in the bag.
I also accidentally walked into the Post Office while carrying once.

April 13, 2012, 09:17 AM
Once, this guy I know...

Was going to a Toastmasters club meeting inside of a county courthouse when, standing in the ropes waiting for his turn through the metal detector, he realized that the wallet he nearly pulled out of his pocket was in fact a .380 in a wallet holster.

Luckily he was able to excuse himself by rummaging through his portfolio and claiming to have forgotten something in the car.

He has NEVER made that mistake again, heh.

April 13, 2012, 09:34 AM
I'm in the opposite boat. I use the guns for work. I've gotten out of the driveway and had to turn around to go grab the rifle.

April 13, 2012, 11:01 AM
waterhouse writes:

I'm in the opposite boat. I use the guns for work. I've gotten out of the driveway and had to turn around to go grab the rifle.

I saw that done once when I was in law enforcement. Another officer who had just finished booking a prisoner and I had arrived at an active-alarm call at a bank after hours. We found an unsecured rear door and prepared to enter. He suddenly noticed that he had no sidearm, having stowed it as required when handling the prisoner back at the station house. My car was nearby, so I quickly returned to it, grabbed my shotgun, and handed him my service revolver (I also had a snub revolver on my ankle; he did not.)
The bank was clear; the door had been inadvertently left unlocked by departing staff.

April 13, 2012, 11:48 AM
My biggest o crap moment was when I was flying out of Benin on a commercial flight after terping there for two weeks. I put my Gerber Mk II (which I had had for 20 years) in my carry-on. Bye bye.

April 13, 2012, 12:15 PM
Many years ago I used to carry a Gerber Mk1. I was trying to see some people off on a flight and the metal detector guy held it for me 'til I got back.
I remember keeping a Victorinox Pioneer in my pocket on all flights 'til not really so long ago.

April 13, 2012, 01:00 PM
I was upset, until I realized that if they had missed it, when I re-checked in Paris, they would have found it, and they would not have been so forgiving in their attitude.

April 13, 2012, 10:09 PM
These little pocket pistols are easy to forget. I walked into a Social Security office recently that had a guard at the door. He asked me if I had a pocket knife or weapon on me. I suddenly remembered I had my LCP in my front pocket. I told him I just remembered my pocket knife in my pocket and would go out and stow it in my car. Which I did, along with the .380.

Owen Sparks
April 13, 2012, 10:35 PM
Good thing it is only against the law if you get caught.

When was the last time you got patted down or had your trunk searched? Probably never.

You could probably get away with it one time if you accidently forgot to leave your pistol at home. Just don't panic and do something suspicious. I have been walikng around in public for over 50 years and no one has checked my pockets yet. I have been driving since I was 15 and no one has searched my car either. If you act half way civilized you probably have nothing to worry about.

April 13, 2012, 10:48 PM
I remember driving my dads truck when I was 16-17, I reeched into the center console and put my hand on a S&W .357. It hapend a couple times so any time I used his truck I started checking it. He was never worried about it but incase I did something stupid with the truck it was better they weren't there.

My uh-oh moment came when I was heading home and relized I still had my service rifle with me. I made it back to base and to the armory just in time.

When I was in HS we all left our rifle's, shotgun's and bow's in our vehicles during school nothing was ever said (early mid 80's).

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