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Got a Dilemma -- Need Advice

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ForeignDude, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. ForeignDude

    ForeignDude Well-Known Member

    OK, here's the problem.

    I'm an Army officer. I will be heading to San Antonio, TX, for about 9 weeks of training at Ft. Sam Houston. Says in the regs (confirmed via command staff) that no student can bring a privately owned firearm to FSH, period.

    Of course, I got the weekends free, and can go out to see the sights. However, while the Army can tell me "no guns" while I'm on-base, I'll be damned if I'm gonna be disarmed while walking around off-base (especially since I will have family visiting while I'm training). So, I've wracked my head trying to come up with a solution to this dilemma. The best thing I can think of is to store a pistol at an off-base location, pick the pistol up from there, and return it before heading back to base. The question is: where? Anybody have any ideas? Suggestions from folks in San Antonio are especially welcome (if you know of specific sites).
  2. Monkeybear

    Monkeybear Well-Known Member

    Safety deposit box, in a bank.
  3. joesolo

    joesolo Well-Known Member

    I bet if ya ask real nice a local gun club may let a military guy store his guns in their safe. Not sure the policy at the club I go to but I can imagine those guys helping a guy like you out. All they can say is "nope."
  4. JonP

    JonP Well-Known Member

    I'm on the other side of town, but if you run out of options, you can use my safe. We'd just have to coordinate on when you'd pick up/drop off...
  5. T J

    T J Well-Known Member

    I've run into similar type problems working on military installations for years, and have yet to come up with a good solution. I have thought might be a business opportunity for someone to have a place to deposit weapons while on the installation. The idea I had would be something akin to the lockers you see at airports, where you could lock up your weapon and take the key with you, except a lot more heavy duty than those lockers. I have seen ideal "lockers" when I was being escorted into the secure area of the County Jail by an officer to be finger printed (don't worry, the officer was a friend of mine and the finger prints were for a CHL). there was a bank of lockers in a wall where he unlocked the door, placed his pistol in, and locked it back up while we were inside. He retreived it on our way back out. Put one of these setups in something similar to Mail Boxes Etc looking place near the gate, and might get quite a bit of traffic from the concealed carry crowd (I know I'm bound not to be the only CHL going on Post). Just don't know of any such thing in existance is the problem.
    Wonder if the local Provost Marshall's Office might have any suggestions?
  6. sparx

    sparx Well-Known Member

    I don't live in SA, but around here (DFW area) there are several ranges, such as the one I haunt (The Shooters Club, Fort Worth) that will gladly store your guns for you for a very small fee (50 cents per day, $6/month or $55/year). The guns are fully insured and available for pick-up 7 days a week during business hours.

    You might check and see if there are any ranges/clubs in the SA area close to base that offer such services.
  7. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Can you put a safe in one of those self-storage units?:confused:
  8. SwampFox

    SwampFox Well-Known Member

    Does the base have a shooting club? They would probably be the best folks to help with this.
  9. wildburp

    wildburp member

    The best cure for a dilemma is knowledge; advise sometimes falls short.
  10. CAS700850

    CAS700850 Well-Known Member

    This is not advice on what to do, but just something to think about...many of the officers I served with were very good at hiding a small firearm in their vehicle in very unusual locations. Granted, this was in the pre-9/11 days, and security at checkpoints was far less than it is these days. Some even managed to do this at overseas postings...
  11. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Well-Known Member

    Rent a small storge space at one of the storage rental locations and buy a hand gun safe that you could secure somehow to the walls or floor so it won't walk as easily if someone broke into the main lock door. Those places are usually all around military bases.
  12. Deavis

    Deavis Well-Known Member

    This may be a stupid question, but why don't you store it in the base armory? My friend is an officer in the Navy and when he travels, that is what he does. Just turns it in at the front gate and picks it up when he leaves. That is that, he siad it is usually pretty painless.

    Maybe there are different rules for you or I am misunderstanding the issue.
  13. ForeignDude

    ForeignDude Well-Known Member


    Storage on-post, at the armory, is allowed only to soldiers who are permanent-party or permanent party who are living on-post. [For the life of me, I can't think why anyone would want to store a firearm at the base armory if they're living off-post, unless they're ordered to do so.]

    I understand that I could possibly get a waiver to store a handgun at the armory, but I couldn't retrieve it during the course. In other words, turn it in when I get there, retrieve it 9 weeks later. I might as well just leave it where it is for the duration.
  14. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    You are a commissioned officer correct? You will be staying with your family I assume in gorernment quarters corect? I don't see what the problem is...no one will be inspecing your quarters and peaking into your wife's lingerie drawer, so whats the problem? Don't ask, don't tell! Been there did that back when.
  15. LBTRS

    LBTRS Well-Known Member


    I assume you're licensed to carry in Texas? Do you know anyone else stationed in the area that lives off base that could store it for you while you're there? I did that one time during an extended TDY period, had a buddy that lived off base with his family hold it for me.

    That is a sure way to lose your career in the Army. You don't want to get caught on base with an unauthorized firearm. For some reason the military is very anti-gun and they have all kinds of silly rules on base. Not to mention the random vehicle searches as you come through the gate.
  16. KC&97TA

    KC&97TA Well-Known Member

    I had 2 AR-15's in the BEQ at Ft Leanardwood MO and I'm a jar head, as long as you don't open carry with it, you'll be fine. Or get a lock box that mounts in the trunk of the car and just pile some luggage over it.
  17. tomhorn

    tomhorn Well-Known Member

    check with the rod and gun club if they dont store maybe they can steer you to a club that can !
  18. Rob62

    Rob62 Well-Known Member

    The best and safest suggestion to your military career, so far is that you check with local gun clubs/ranges to see if they will store the weapon for you. Another excellent alternative is paying for a small storage locker at one of the "you store it" places.

    Being an Army officer there is no doubt you will not willingly and knowingly, with forethought, violate any installation policy. After all, how could you enforce similar rules that in the future may be broken by your soldiers. :neener: :evil:

    Regards and Happy New Year,


    USA Retired
  19. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    What Monkeybear said:
    Rent a safety deposit box at a nearby bank.
  20. Zen21Tao

    Zen21Tao Well-Known Member

    Does your local Law Enforcement Agency offer weapons storage? Here at University of Florida guns aren't allowed on campus. Those that live on campus can store their arms with University PD and check them in and out when they go shooting (luckily I live off campus and don't have to worry about this).

    I also like the idea of storing it in a banks Safety Deposit box. You are alone in the room when you access your box so it wouldn't be like you are waving it around in a crowded bank. Perhaps you could use both methods. Store all but your carry gun at the local PD if they'll let you and you carry piece in a safety deposit box that you can access easily.

    A lock box securily mounted to the inside your vehicles trunk is also a good idea.

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