Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

How safe is to keep a pistol in your car?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by new_steyr1, Mar 22, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. new_steyr1

    new_steyr1 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2008
    Messages:
    47
    I live in NV. During summer temp in the car can easily reach 150+ degrees. It can be so hot that leaving kids or pets unattended in a car is punishable by law. Keeping all this in mind, I have two questions.

    1) With these temps, how safe is to keep a loaded pistol in your car?
    2) How safe is to keep guns in the car... in general? Is that a good idea?
     
  2. Big Daddy Grim

    Big Daddy Grim Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2008
    Messages:
    618
    Location:
    Idaho
    I can not speak for the heat ID and all but I have the car gun safe from Cabelas it fits in my middle consule and I have no worrys when I leave it out there.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2009
  3. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2006
    Messages:
    11,717
    Location:
    Johnson City, TN
    The temperature inside the car will not harm the gun in any way. The biggest concern is theft.
     
  4. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    12,037
    Location:
    California
    As mentioned, my concern is not the heat, but more theft.
     
  5. 640400

    640400 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2009
    Messages:
    10
    Location:
    Florida
    Gun in car

    Here is a thought.

    Do Not Leave a Gun In Your Car!
     
  6. searcher451

    searcher451 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2007
    Messages:
    2,516
    Location:
    Oregon
    A gun is perfectly safe in the car so long as you are in the car with the gun. If you leave the car, take the gun with you. That way, you won't have to worry about theft, heat, wind and rain, the passing of the seasons, presidential elections, thunder and lightning, erosion in the mountain passes, the real meaning of the last book you read, or whether the Cubs will ever again make it to a World Series.

    Better to worry about all of those things, however, than to have your gun stolen from your car or truck.
     
  7. wyocarp

    wyocarp Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2006
    Messages:
    1,453
    Location:
    Laramie, Wyoming
    Well, let's see. $50,000 truck. $1,000 gun.

    If it's safe to park my truck there, it is safe to lock my gun in it.
     
  8. goose2

    goose2 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2008
    Messages:
    86
    Location:
    In Gods country
    CCW = keep the gun on you.
     
  9. badbadtz560

    badbadtz560 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Messages:
    269
    Location:
    AGS
    just keep it locked in the glove compartment.. breakin in to a car is easy via the window.. but breakin in to the glove box requires a little more skill... but they prob won't break in to your car in the first place if they don't see anything of interest right off the bat.
     
  10. fattsgalore

    fattsgalore Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2007
    Messages:
    365
    Not a fan of car/truck guns. Only if you have to. I hate going places where my firearm isn't permitted.
     
  11. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2008
    Messages:
    5,961
    Location:
    Near Camp Perry
    I disagree - a firearm is a lot more portable than a truck you don't have the keys for.
     
  12. thebaldguy

    thebaldguy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    652
    Location:
    Minnesota 10,000 lakes and even more taxes
    Some states do not allow for a gun to be in the car unless going to/from hunting or the range.

    I don't keep anything of value in my cars. I live in an urban area and have had cars broken into before.
     
  13. ScareyH22A

    ScareyH22A Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Messages:
    468
    I bought a cheap Sentry Safe at Walmart for $45. I drilled a hole in it and in my trunk. Then I screwed in an eye bolt with nuts and washers into the safe and into the trunk. And I use a bicycle U-lock to lock the safe securely to the vehicle. I'm sure with a big ass bolt cutter, you could cut the eye bolt but most car thieves don't go around carrying bolt cutters. And anything kept in the safe is reasonably protected from heat because it's fire rated. My safe is one of those file sized ones so I can keep 5 pistols or 1 pistol and a thousand rounds of ammo in with it.
     
  14. Ash

    Ash Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2004
    Messages:
    5,358
    Location:
    Anywhere but here
    And other states, like Mississippi, the car is considered an extension of the home. You can legally car carry without CCW permitting. Therefore, I can carry in a vehicle without any extra paperwork.

    Ash
     
  15. gafirefighter

    gafirefighter Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2008
    Messages:
    34
    It amazes me that if I were to leave my gun in the car (in the console), lock the doors (but not the console), and go inside somewhere, and someone breaks in and steals my gun...

    I can be prosecuted if something happens with my firearm.

    This seems to happen quite a bit in some states. If you firearm is not secured inside your vehicle then you can be held accountable. I just can not believe it but I have read quite a few reports on it. Even though they knocked out your window and took it out of your car it is somehow your fault.

    Makes sense to me...:rolleyes:

    Adam
     
  16. LightningCrash

    LightningCrash Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Messages:
    60
    Ash, Louisiana does that too.
    LA also has open carry. Go LA. :D
     
  17. Just One Shot

    Just One Shot Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    1,257
    Location:
    Ohio
    I only leave my gun in my vehicle if I'm going somewhere that doesn't allow CC.

    In Ohio they have signs with the outline of a pistol surrounded by a red circle with a red slash through it.

    I have a loackable fire box in one car that is bolted through the trunk floor and in the wife's car I have one of these:

    http://www.ccwsupply.biz/CarSafePAGE.htm

    While nothing is fool proof, most thiefs aren't going to be prepared to deal with these items or take the time to try and defeat them.

    Besides, what are the odds they are going to break into my vehicle on one of those rare occassions that my hand gun is actually in lock down?
     
  18. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2005
    Messages:
    23,171
    I saw an old Toyota truck, the kind that are EASY to break into (I used to have one -- had 10 stereos and the truck itself stolen twice while I had it). It was parked in a parking lot nearby.

    The guy had an M4gery on gun racks in the cab window while he was in Cabela's. Now nobody goes into Cabela's for less than an hour. Well, okay, I do, now that there's a Cabela's down the street from me, but usually nobody does.:D

    It didn't get stolen.

    Of course, this isn't exactly Compton, either.:)
     
  19. wyocarp

    wyocarp Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2006
    Messages:
    1,453
    Location:
    Laramie, Wyoming
    gafirefighter, give me a couple stories where someone was held responsible for the actions of another with a gun that they BROKE into a vehicle and stole the firearm. I want a news article that tells what the person was charged with and what happened.
     
  20. wyocarp

    wyocarp Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2006
    Messages:
    1,453
    Location:
    Laramie, Wyoming
    Did I miss something. I didn't realize we were talking about concealed carry. We were talking about guns in vehicles, or at least that is where we started.
     
  21. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2006
    Messages:
    7,384
    Location:
    Alabama
    I have three vehicles each with it's own handgun inside. My wife and I are both CCW with unrestricted(not dedicated to a particular handgun) permits. We always have a weapon no matter which car or truck we drive.
     
  22. KE4NYV

    KE4NYV Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Messages:
    52
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Same here in Virginia. We have a lot of freedom, but when it comes to cars, they are a bit odd. WITHOUT a CCW, I can open carry loaded all day long. I can even walk into a bar, but when I get in the car I must unload it and place the gun in full view if an officer were to stop me and walk up on EITHER side of the car.

    Fast forward to a CCW, all of the unloading/full view rules go out the door. I can leave it loaded and concealed on me or stick it in my center console, ect. I can still walk into the bar, but I just have to un-conceal it before I walk in.

    Being that I am not a drinker, I rarely go into a bar, BUT I do frequent establishments that serve alcohol, so the same rules apply there.

    Most alcohol serving etablishments in Virginia are aware of the laws and the freedom that gun owners have in this state and then some are totally ignorant and that is why I started:

    http://www.firearmfriendlyva.com/
     
  23. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2005
    Messages:
    23,171
    I wouldn't put a Heritage .22 revolver in a hot car, but others shouldn't melt.:D
     
  24. 2nd 41

    2nd 41 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2007
    Messages:
    726
    I'd estimate about 5 seconds with screw driver or small Pry Bar
     
  25. dat2

    dat2 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    140
    biggest thing I would think about is the ammo, the heat in a locked vehicle and vibration over a long time from driving around could effect ammo performance. who knows how much for sure though if any.


    I usually have a gun or three most all the time in my truck
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page