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Gun manufacturer stickers on car

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Prion, Jan 15, 2009.

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  1. Prion

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    At the range yesterday I saw two vehicles with gun manufacturer stickers on their cars. I have never thought this was a good idea. A potential thief could case you and your home in hopes of securing himself some firearms. Might sound paranoid but I also make sure no one follows me home after a day at the range and give vague descriptions as to my place of residence. Firearm related license plates also fall into this category. I imagine some people probably think this would alert criminals they are armed and scare them away. I think it would attract them. I prefer no stickers at all on my car except my American flag. I also don't wear any clothing or hats advertising I'm a gun owner. Particularly now with the economy tanking I think it wise to be prudent. Basically it's a need to know basis. Paranoid? Thoughts?
     
  2. Mannlicher

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    taking care is one thing, but letting paranoia rule your life is another.........
     
  3. Prion

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    Paranoia certainly doesn't rule my life. I just trying to be prudent. Plus, who really cares to read other peoples self advertisements in the form of stickers on a car? Off topic but do I give a crap your kid is an honor student at the Dipstick School for the Monkeys ot that you own a Ruger?
     
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    It is a fact: even paranoids can have enemies!!!!!!
     
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    it may be a little paranoid watching to see if people are following you home from the range... i personally have an nra sticker on my car, but that is all
     
  6. Grassman

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    How stupid of a criminal do you gotta be.......yeah, I'm gonna follow that gun toting conservative home. I doubt it, they are busy stalking little old ladies at Wal-mart. You forget criminals are basically cowards.
     
  7. TexasRifleman

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    I would not call it paranoid. In fact I know of one shooter who WAS followed home by some unsavory types from a range here locally.

    He spotted them and called the police. Nothing came of the incident, but when it's already happened to someone else it is hard to call it paranoia.
     
  8. Bartkowski

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    Wait......wait, you mean that you actually drive a car to your house? You know criminals will see your car and then since they know you have it will try to steal it and possibly harm you.
     
  9. scottgun

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    I don't have any stickers on my cars or wear clothing with logos on it. Maybe more of personal taste than paranoia.
     
  10. TexasRifleman

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    All the crime reports on stolen guns used in crimes seem to indicate that the gun theft victims were not randomly targeted.

    So precaution in advertising the fact that you have guns would make sense. It's hardly paranoia.
     
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    I seem to remember there being a couple of thefts that involved following a shooter home from the range ang jacking him in his driveway. At least one THR member has been murdered at the range (presumably for his guns) so I'm not quite prepared to call it paranoia.

    If this thread goes much further it's going to split pretty much right down the middle between the secret squirrels & the advertisers & one both sides are gonna say the other's just a little nuts

    guess how I know
     
  12. Bubba613

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    Ive known any number of people who have had their guns stolen. I imagine a certain number end up in crimes.
    So I find it hard to believe that all gun theft victims were not randomly targeted.
     
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    Ya know, I have never thought twice about it. If someone wants to steal a gun, my house with an alarm system and well-armed person behind it is not a good place to start.
     
  14. George757

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    If a criminal is cruising a large parking lot, thinking about a quick smash & grab, or checking for unlocked vehicles, which vehicle is more likely to yield some "fence-able" goods from the console; the one with the Glock/NRA stickers, or the one with the Honor Roll sticker? Why call attention to your vehicle as one that "might" contain a firearm. For that reason, I forego stickers. I also don't wear "I am a Gun Nut" shirts / hats (although I am). I don't want the extra scrutiny when there's a firearm present (all the time).
     
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    i've said this here before, but i'll do it again...

    i wear an NRA hat probably 3 to 4 times a week. i've had an NRA sticker on a past vehicle and have a TSRA magnet on my current truck. i'll probably add one of those pewter NRA hitch covers one of these days. i live in a relatively low-crime city, but there are no guarantees.

    i've been fine with this setup for quite a few years now. i don't fault the folks who keep gun ownership ultra-secret, but it's just not for me. yes, i may be exposed to some increased risk, but i'm more interested in living my life the way i want than minimizing all risks at all times no matter how small.

    that's just for me, and everyone else is free to live their life the way they see fit.

    god bless.
     
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    I would worry more about them trying to break into my car when I was not around hoping to find a gun then an assault.
     
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    I used to have a bumper sticker that said "Fight Crime - Shoot Back"

    It raised the eyebrows of most cops I met.

    I don't advertise anymore. I think non-campaign bumper stickers are tacky. Just personal prefference I guess.
     
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    Well, I didn't do this with firearms, but I used to have a really really nice sound system in my car. You couldn't see it, it was in the trunk, and my head unit was a Hider.

    I was an idiot, however, by having Rockford Fosgate stickers plastered to my windows.

    That sound system was stolen in February 2003... Window broken, everything just "ripped out"

    I no longer advertise.
     
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    I think you are giving criminal mentality, way too much credit.
     
  20. TexasRifleman

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    Argue that with the FBI not me, they are the ones that put it in their report. I will see if I can find it again, it's been posted here quite a few times.

    Basically 90% (cant remember the exact number) or so of the criminals they interviewed said they obtained stolen guns to use in crimes and when they were "shopping" for guns they broke into places they felt most likely to contain guns. Businesses and homes.
     
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    Except that putting a manufacturer's logo on your car is one of the most incredibly lame things in the world, so choosing not to do so actually adds to your quality of life...

    I'll put a manufacturer's logo on my car when one of two things happens:

    1. It's my company.
    2. I'm paid by the company.

    When I was younger and influenced by the stupid desire to feel cool by associating myself with someone's trademark, I was guilty, too. But man, it was stupid.
     
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    Don't Do It

    I do not advertise as a rule since I got popped. I do not have any stickers on my vehicle, but I did have a small Glock sticker on a roof-top "pod" type carrier I had mounted on my roof rack (the kind you use for skis and such). I was moving at the time and happened to have a lot of my guns in the truck. The cop got to the scene and said that the reason my truck was targeted of all the vehicles in the busy Luby's parking lot was because of that subtle little sticker. I lost 9 guns that day and now my vehicles are the most bland and boring things on the road. I want to blend in and I have no need to express myself via my vehicle anymore.
     
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    When the NRA cautions against putting NRA bumper stickers on your car for this reason, I think it's a legitimate concern.

    They're probably most likely to steal them when they think you're not home.
     
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    If they're smart enough to follow your home and figure out where you live, it's probable that they are smart enough to case you to the point they know when your house is empty.
     
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    I like seeing them.

    Personally, I really get tired of seeing all the Obama '08 stickers along with the tree-huggers' stickers, anti-Bush stickers, blah blah blah.

    When I see a Browning deer, NRA seal, Ruger's eagle, or any other run oriented logos, it helps remind me that I'm not entirely surrounded by people that are on the other side of the line as me.

    I see those type stickers as validation that I'm not alone, but I don't have any on my vehicles. I just don't like any stickers at all on my vehicles. Maybe I should add a few on there for that reason, but like Tang, I like to blend in.
     
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