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Child locks himself in gun vault

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Blarelli, Aug 15, 2008.

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  1. Blarelli

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    Happening right now at a Dicks Sporting Goods in Utah. They are trying to drill holes into the vault right now before he runs out of air.
     
  2. Huddog

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    Noone knows the combination????
     
  3. Owen Sparks

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    I hope they make his parents pay for the damages. Parents should be held responsible for the actions of improperly supervised children.
     
  4. Blarelli

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    Guess not, and the local news isn't showing it. The local NBC station has it on there website, but they won't cut from the olympics to say anything. Hope it turns out ok.
     
  5. Blarelli

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    I don't know man. I think Dicks may be in for a huge lawsuit. Every store I've ever been to that has gun vaults on the floor have the locking mechanism disabled, or various safeties installed to make it so the door can't close.
     
  6. Huddog

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    I agree on the parents being responsible. My first response if fact was what is he doing at Dick's at midnight but then I relaized the time zone difference.
     
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    The parents are to blame, but not for the vault locking. The store is perhaps at fault for that. They should have it in locked position so that kind of thing cant happen. Someone should at least know the combination...
    I would hate for the kid to get injured in there from lack of air. that would be just horrible.

    Actually, I don't think anyone should get in trouble over this...
    ... that is if we lived in a sane world where no one tried to blame everyone else.
     
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    A porta power should make short work out of that door.
     
  11. The Tourist

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    This is not isolated.

    I used to set up my sharpening stand in the gun department of Gander Mountain East. Their gun vault section was in that same area.

    While the parents were who-knows-where, the kids used to run around the store, and many of them would spin the knobs or twist the handles on the vaults.

    Some tried to hide in them when playing with siblings.

    The irony was that the keys to these vaults were usually kept on the top inside shelf of the vault. Any kid pulling the door shut would have also locked himself inside with the keys to free himself.

    I felt bad if I witnessed this but had a client come at the same time.

    And there's bad history. I witnessed a young girl pull a blackpowder rifle down from a rack and split her scalp with the front sight. My wife had to search the store to find the parents...
     
  12. W.E.G.

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    Under 40 minutes.

    There you have it.
     
  13. The_Sheriff

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    I guess that's what they mean by "Project Child Safe" lol!

    I hope he's ok.
     
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    I see the words lawsuit, blame, damages, irresonsible etc!

    Shouldn't the child's well being be first and formost here?:rolleyes:


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    When I worked at Dicks, though I didn't work directly in the 'Lodge' area, sometimes I did have to cover for people going to lunch or something like that. I was always told to keep the safes completely closed and locked at all times unless a customer was looking at a specific model. Also, I can't remember exactly where now, but somewhere easily accessible (at least by the associates) were the combinations to the safe.

    It shouldn't have happened, but I'm glad the 3 kids are safe.
     
  16. The Tourist

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    This is one of those circumstances where I do believe the store should not be blamed.

    The parents are responsible for their kids, and the kids didn't drive themselves to the store.

    The job of the employees is to sell merchandise, not babysit.

    Technically, a kid could hang himself from one of my trees while I'm in here talking to you.
     
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    I don't think he was in danger of running out of air. Typical cheap safes are not airtight until on fire, right? Anyway, a crowbar to the edge to make a gap would have been a quick fix. There had to have been a crow bar around.
     
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    I think that if I got locked in a vault full of guns and ammo, I would let myself out. LOL.
     
  19. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    If you read the article linked by JasonM, it was 3 kids locked in there by a fourth. Regardless, this doesn't seem to be particularly related to firearms unless they shot their way out. ;) It's not like it was Baby Jessica all over again.
     
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    Nevermind.
     
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    They let the kid out? Before it turned 18?

    Damn.
     
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    I've occasionally worried about getting robbed, being forced to open my safe and then getting locked in by a nefarious criminal. What a rotten way to go.
     
  24. JohnKSa

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    Umm... No.

    I've never seen a gun safe that allowed manipulation of the locking mechanism from the inside. Maybe there are some out there but I doubt that's a common design.

    The child may have gotten into the safe by himself but the odds are very heavily against him locking himself in there. Someone had to work the handle from the outside.
     
  25. Elza

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    According to Hillary the village is responsible! :barf: (My response to her and her comment.)
     
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