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Securing a Firearm in a Dormroom.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Special_K, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. Special_K

    Special_K Well-Known Member

    I'm just putting this out there as a hypothetical and not an actual scenario. If you were allowed to keep a firearm on campus in your dorm room what would be the best way to secure it? Obviously you can't drill into anything to secure a safe to the wall and leaving it in the corner isn't good either!

    There is a small group of people on campus that I am a part of that is trying to get conceal and carry and allow guns on campus. (St. Cloud State University Minnesota.)

    Just wondering what the best way to secure a firearm is without damaging the walls/floors!

    BADUNAME13 Well-Known Member

    $40 fireproof lockbox from wallmart.

    Some come with locking cables that will allow you to secure it to things.

    Like the old heater which was in my Dorm at Ole Miss.... I'd like to see someone make off with that!
  3. Echo Tango

    Echo Tango Well-Known Member

    Problem with locking cables is, they can be cut. I would just lag bolt the thing to the closet floor
  4. Special_K

    Special_K Well-Known Member

    The problem with lagbolting it to the floor is that the floor is damaged.

    Colleges are a royal pain in the butt about charging you too.
  5. Geister

    Geister Well-Known Member

    If you were a gun owner and wanted to take your guns with you, WHY live in a dorm in the first place? There is NO way I'd feel comfortable keeping a gun with me in a dorm.

    If your university requires that you live in a dorm as a freshmen, and you want to take your gun with you, find another school.
  6. joshk-k

    joshk-k Well-Known Member

    FIrst of all, I think this is only realy possible if you have a single. Roomates, especially if they are chosen for you, could be a liability, and make the next few suggestions moot.

    Don't tell ANYONE that you have it. Move it in and out of your building as discretely as possible, and literally don't tell a soul. I think that even keeping it in the back of your closet, locked and hidden, and your closet closed, would go a long way. No one who comes over to hang out in my room has any business in my closet, and wouldn't go in.

    I work as a painter for my college's Buildings and Grounds department, and I think you'd be surprised at your ability to bolt into things. For instance, in my room, the closet is a unit set into the wall. If you bolted a lockbox onto the unit, or even through it into the wall, all I would see (if I did at all) was a few holes in the wood. I certainly wouldn't charge you for that. If it was directly into the sheetrock in the middle of the room and I had to patch and repaint it, then you'd be charged, but discrete holes in the wood I probably wouldn't even notice.

  7. vtoddball

    vtoddball Well-Known Member

    Why worry

    If you are planning on carrying concealed, it should only be in your room when you're there. I always have mine unless I'm sleeping or showering. It's a lot easier to keep people from "finding" your gun if it's always on your person.

    I can imagine though that there are times that you can't or won't carry. Like going to the shower down the hall, or traveling somewhere else that's a victim-rich environment(gun free zone). In that case I'd have a small safe that I could put it in. For attaching it to things you could go with the cable(easier) or bolt it to the floor(worry about your deposit). I think I'd get
    some heavy U-bolts, drill some holes in the safe and then u-bolt it to pipe, the bed frame or anything else to heavy or large to get through the door. You're in a dorm. They can't spend too much time or make too much noise to get it out. Too many people.

    Keep in mind that you have to be reasonable. I see a lot of people on here saying that you have to be one step below Fort Knox to keep your gun from being stolen or you are an irresponsible gun owner. I think that's a little over the top. Even a fairly decent criminal can get around pretty much any anti theft precaution. If he wants it bad enough, he's going to get it. Make sure no one knows you have it, get a decent small safe and secure it in a way that you feel is best for your situation. For the most part, you're trying to prevent casual discoveries, not preplanned theft.

    It's not irresponsible to not have your gun in a 3" steel, radiation hardened, 2000lb safe that could withstand the fires of hell for at least half an hour. It IS irresponsible to leave it under your pillow. Most anywhere in between in ok.
  8. PrimaryB

    PrimaryB Well-Known Member

    Providing your campus administration ok's this they will have the means of storage covered. Their policy probably will address such issues as safe storage and damage resulted when you move out and take your safe with you.

    Have you had any opposition to this? I highly doubt it will become a reality. In the end if administration ok's this they have taken the brunt of any legal responsibility ie. accidentally discharge and forbid someone gets shot. Even the men and women of our armed forces cannot store a personal firearm in their residence in most cases. Once again I doubt it will happen.

    If you chose to have a weapon in your dorm room without authorization then you are breaking the rules. Sorry but no sympathy here. After the VT incident and talk of increased back ground checks for enrolling students I'm afraid once your booted off campus you may not get a chance of enrolling at another school. Your college aspirations are down the drain.
  9. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    I was a hider.:D

    Carried long guns in a guitar case. My dorm was full of music majors. Carrying it around when I went shooting was easy.

    Our dorm rooms had a hollow space at the end of the sliding door closets. I used a crowbar to pull out the frame, and stored guns in the hollow space. It was so to get to but at least I had access to stuff.

    However, most of my guns were left at my uncle's farm or my dad's house.
  10. BADUNAME13

    BADUNAME13 Well-Known Member

  11. Gustav

    Gustav Well-Known Member

    Well hidden push button release gun vault up underneath a desk or bed head board.
    Make damned sure you can legally have it first though.:banghead:
  12. akodo

    akodo Well-Known Member

    I guess I see two catagories of laws, those dealing with moral/immoral and those that are beaurocratic. Truthfuly, I believe people should follow the beaurocratic laws as much as possible, up until they conflict with morals. Example, in WW2 germany, it was illegal to hide jews. Or, if a person was drowning in a 'no swimming allowed' area, i would still dive in and swim out close enough to throw a foatation device to them, etc

    Yes, having a single room helps, but a gunny roomate works too. When I was in college it turned out my roomate was into guns too. He chose to be armed in the dorm. The method employed was an old clock radio, rigged so it could be popped open, and the internals were spacious enough that a .25 beretta could be placed inside.
  13. F4GIB

    F4GIB Well-Known Member

  14. Two Cold Soakers

    Two Cold Soakers Well-Known Member

    Kept mine in a zip up soft case in the closet behind the hung up clothes, the closet door closed, and the room locked when we were gone.
  15. CNYCacher

    CNYCacher Well-Known Member

    What's the charge for a couple holes in the wall?


    Cheap insurance
  16. Randy in Arizona

    Randy in Arizona Well-Known Member

    Long, long ago, in a far distant galaxy, oops - - (well it was about 40 years ago at UNM.) I would stuff my 03-A3 muzzle down into my golf club bag and zip the cover over the clubs, buttstock and all and put it into the closet. Never got caught with it but then the dorm gunroom (storage closet) was only 3 doors down from my room anyway.

    Between me and my roommate and the guy next door we had more guns than the rest of the dorm inmates combined.:D
  17. Avenger29

    Avenger29 Well-Known Member

    My father kept about 6 guns or so in his closet. Of course, back then, guns were not looked down upon as they are now.

    I am lucky enough to go to a nice Southern conservatice university where a whole lot of people carry, even against the university rules.

    I don't live on campus, but I keep an 870 in the car. I'd keep it in a golf bag (pick one up at a yardsale, along with some clubs)...
  18. TooTaxed

    TooTaxed Well-Known Member

    Hollow out a large, dull, obsolete text book that no one is likely to disturb...fasten the page borders solid, put pistol inside, using one cover as a lid. Put other books on top.:cool:

    Most important: NEVER tell anyone you have a gun!!! The word gets around...:uhoh:
  19. PCLazarus

    PCLazarus New Member

    I realize that this is an old thread, but...I've been gone a while. I think I can chime in here.

    I am a resident of the dorms at the University of Utah. I own a gun vault which is bolted to my dresser (I own the dresser). It is not a fool-proof security system, but it would require going through three locked doors, a slide-key entry, and a either a chainsaw to remove the safe or a dolly to remove the whole dresser from the building.

    I've found it to be adequate.

    What is not adequate is that I was recently threatened with expulsion if my firearm was ever visible (open carry is legal in Utah, as is carrying a firearm on campus). The will be a challenge to this on my part, but my attorney has yet to decide when that should happen.
  20. BADUNAME13

    BADUNAME13 Well-Known Member

    Get a fanny pack (Or one of the other holsters that don't show the gun.)

    Me being me, I'd get a full flap holster that also covered the gunbut, and wear it openly LOL!

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