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hypothetical question, leaving firearm "unattended"

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by thefish, Jan 8, 2013.

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  1. thefish

    thefish Active Member

    Feb 17, 2012
    Question i've been pondering.

    Let's say hypothetically, you were at a friends house, or somewhere other than home, work, etc, and you were carying. The opportunity to go somewhere where carry is prohbited presented itself, and participating was more desirable than carrying. No secure gun storage ie. safe, was avaliable.

    Would you:

    1. Leave your gun at your friends, unloaded with gun and loaded mag in separate locations?

    2. Leave your gun at your friends, unloaded with gun and loaded mag in separate locations, but dissasemble and take the barrel with you, rendering the gun completely inoperable?

    Not participating, going home to store your gun, and leaving it in your car is not an option.
  2. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Mentor

    Jan 6, 2011
    Hastings, Michigan
    I would not go.

    But for being prepared, leaving it secured in the car is always an option.
  3. Recon Ron

    Recon Ron New Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    If I ever had a "friend" who wasn't pro-2A then I guess he wouldn't be my friend ;)

    srs everyone I am friends with owns a gun safe and I trust with my firearms
  4. Fast Frank

    Fast Frank Participating Member

    Feb 17, 2007
    Houston, Texas (Woodlands)
    My friends are good, honest folks.

    They are "Gun People" as well.

    While I cannot imagine a situation where I would do so, I would trust them to "Hold" my sidearm for me.

    I would not disassemble it, or render it useless.
  5. thefish

    thefish Active Member

    Feb 17, 2012
    I'll try to spell it out.
    You are at your friends house, you walked, rode you bicycle, took the bus. Your car is not there.
    Your friend doesn't have a gun safe, or he does and the lock broke. Whatever, It's not avaliable.

    He says:
    " I have an extra ticket to the super bowl, but we have to leave NOW. "
    "I won the Lottery and we are flying to Vegas,Bermuda, Paris, _Insert exotic location here_ but we have to leave NOW"
    @ USAF Vet " I just bought a SR71 Blackbird (or whatever the coolest jet is right now), Let's go for a ride, but we have to leave NOW"
    " I have tickets to a invitatation only gun show where everything is at manufacturer cost, and I'll loan you $50k, but we have to leave NOW"
    " I have tickets to the Mercum auto auction, but we have to leave NOW"
    " Let's play Golf at Pebble Beach, Tiger woods is on his way over to pick us up, but we have to leave NOW"
    "I have an extra seat on the space shuttle, but we have to leave NOW".

    Think about something you couldn't pass up, once in a lifetime stuff, but couldn't carry your gun. that's the opportunity.

    The question isn't if you would or would not go, it's how would you leave your gun unattended.

    Stupid question mabye.
  6. primalmu

    primalmu Active Member

    Jul 31, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    I can't imagine any situation that would have such strict time constraints that I wouldn't be able to properly store my sidearm.

    That said, it depends on the friend. Some people there is absolutely no way I would leave any part of my gun at their house. Other friends I wouldn't hesitate.
  7. swathdiver

    swathdiver Active Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    Treasure Coast, Florida
    Leave the gun in the car if you're reasonably sure the car will be safe. But if leaving the country to Bermuda, nope! But if leaving the country in the Blackbird, you'll be back in a few hours no matter where you fly to and likely the car will be on base. But do you risk bringing a concealed weapon on base if they don't allow it? Sure, since everyone's in a hurry, they're not going to search the car. How's that?
  8. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Mentor

    May 5, 2005
    Garrettsville, Oh.
    I've done it. Several times, actually.

    If the friend or family member is pro-gun or simply understanding, I ask to stash it in their home. Unload it and simply stash it. Consideration must be made, of course, to situations such as curious kids, etc, so the "level of stash" may be somewhat fluid. Never had to strip one to stash it, but I might.

    Less desireable is putting it in my car, simply because cars are much easier to break into and are broken into far more often as a result. Simply playing the odds.

    Last time we didn't even go anywhere. An afternoon visit turned into an all-night BBQ with a few adult beverages and neighborhood people he wasn't sure about (block party atmosphere), so I quietly "stashed" it among he and his wifes' pots and pans in a kitchen cupboard.
  9. gazpacho

    gazpacho Participating Member

    May 28, 2004

    Coldcock the vet
    Steal the blackbird
    Fly to vegas
    Attend shotshow
    Hit the megabucks slots at Ceasars
    Phone in the winning bid on a 62 vette at Mecum
    Have the vette delivered
    pick up Tiger Woods
    Drive like a maniac to Pebble Beach
    Win a black caddy with a hole in one
    Drive the caddy like a maniac back to vegas
    Hop in the blackbird and fly it to cape canaveral
    Steal the space shuttle
    Fly up to the international space station
    Deliver 147 Dijorno Pizzas
    Fly back to earth
    Crash the shuttle into the superbowl . . .

    . . . And sell the book rights for a cool 1.8 billion dollars.

    Hypothetically. :evil:
  10. Ragnar Danneskjold

    Ragnar Danneskjold Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Arlington, Republic of Texas
    I have been in a similar situation, so this question is totally reasonable. I was in Detroit visiting a few buddies I used to play drums with. These are musician friends that I have known since long before I became interested in firearms. The opportunity to attend a Red Wings home game arose unexpectedly, and the game was scheduled to start in less than 2 hours. As the Joe Louis Arena does not allow firearms nor does Michigan state law, I had to leave my pistol behind. I did have my car with me, but as it was Detroit I did not feel comfortable leaving a pistol in an unattended vehicle.
    I ended up leaving the magazine in my car, and put the pistol inside of a Ziploc baggie which then went inside a cereal box.
  11. Isaac-1

    Isaac-1 Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    SW Louisiana, not near N.O.
    Assuming the friend lived in a low crime area, and no one else was going to be in his place, sure, I would put it in a closet, drawer, etc. If there were a chance kids would be around, etc. I would remove the barrel or other necessary functional part as well as seperate the ammo.
  12. Robert

    Robert Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 7, 2006
    Texan by birth, in Colorado cause I hate humidity
    We don't do what if... And if going home is not an option I'd say you have bigger problems.
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