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    Default Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    I have a question folks. One of my friends who I visit regularly doesn't mind if I bring my gun into his home, but he asks that I have it unloaded before I come inside. It mainly has to do with his wife's views, not his, but it's the way it is just the same. I carry my gun loaded with one in the chamber, obviously. Now, when I go his house, I parallel park on the street, there is no private driveway. The question is . . . if I park my car, am I ok unholstering my gun and unloading it while seated in my car? If a passerby sees me sitting there handling my weapon, or even an LEO driving by. . is there any problem with that?

    Please don't tell me to just keep it loaded and don't tell anyone or anything like that. I'd prefer to respect their wishes, as they are some of my best friends.

    Thanks
    Dave

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    Default Re: Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    Do you have a LTCF?

    If not.....it's illegal to carry loaded in the car.

    If so, unload it under a blanket or jacket if you are concerned about being seen, but other then that, not illegal.



    C.R.

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    Default Re: Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    You are not protected from anyone including LEO's from becoming alarmed if they see you unloading your gun. You're not breaking any law that I am aware of. I need to do it sometimes. Will you be detained? Probably. Just be as descrete as you can. I have no doubt in Philly any call for a man with a gun will reult in an illegal revocation. A better solution might be for your friend to provide a safe location to secure your weapon while in his house then everyone is happy.

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    Default Re: Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    I do have an LTCF. Maybe what I should do is just walk directly to the restroom when I enter their home and unload and put the ammo in my coat pocket. The gun will be unloaded while I'm there and everyone will be happy.

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    Default Re: Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    I suppose my other option would be to leave the gun locked in the glovebox. . good idea/bad idea?

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    Default Re: Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    For me a glove box is a last resort and usually only for short periods of time.

    The bathroom idea works for me.

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    Default Re: Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    Quote Originally Posted by BerksCountyDave View Post
    I have a question folks. One of my friends who I visit regularly doesn't mind if I bring my gun into his home, but he asks that I have it unloaded before I come inside. It mainly has to do with his wife's views, not his, but it's the way it is just the same. I carry my gun loaded with one in the chamber, obviously. Now, when I go his house, I parallel park on the street, there is no private driveway. The question is . . . if I park my car, am I ok unholstering my gun and unloading it while seated in my car? If a passerby sees me sitting there handling my weapon, or even an LEO driving by. . is there any problem with that?

    Please don't tell me to just keep it loaded and don't tell anyone or anything like that. I'd prefer to respect their wishes, as they are some of my best friends.

    Thanks
    Dave

    I do it all the time before I pass thru the Socialist Republic of Maryland. Never had an issue.

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    Default Re: Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    Quote Originally Posted by God's Country View Post
    For me a glove box is a last resort and usually only for short periods of time.
    I use one of these instead of the glove box for those occasions where I need to disarm.



    You can get them here: Center-of-Mass

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    Default Re: Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    A company called Center of Mass sells low profile,locking steel,containers made for securing guns in vehicles. They go under the seat & are secured to the seat rail assemblies with a steel cable. They also sell other secure storge in vechile type products.

    The one I use was 40.00$ delivered to my door. It included foam lining,cable & 2 keys. It will accomodate a 1911 or a full size Glock with spare mag or 4" wheelgun.

    If I'm going somewhere I don't want to take or can't take a handgun...I reach down under the seat,pull out the box,lock the gun in it & stick it back under the seat. When you enter your friend's home you will have an empty holster.

    SORRY...Highlander beat me to it. Still a good product.
    Last edited by reverserboy; March 12th, 2008 at 09:20 AM.

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    Default Re: Am I ok handling my gun in my parked car?

    Quote Originally Posted by BerksCountyDave View Post
    I suppose my other option would be to leave the gun locked in the glovebox. . good idea/bad idea?
    Your best option would be to setup a date, have your friends come with you to a range and learn gun safety. If you don't feel secure enough to give a basic safety, have a member there do it. Once the people realize the gun is only a tool, they will be a lot essayer around it. FWIW if you have the gun on you with a mag in your pocket, or revolver with bullets in your pockets, its only a matter of seconds before it would be loaded anyways, once the wife sees this, she will understand that when you empty the gun, it is strictly a courtesy to her, it in no way disarms you.

    As she is the one who has a problem with her, explain to her that YOU want to go by her rules in her home, and if she wants you to be disarmed, you need a safe place when entering to unload and "store" the gun while there. If she is really that much against the fact that you carry, going the extra step will make her realize you are concerned with her opinion and do not wish to disturb her feelings while there.

    I bet its not long before she tells you to forget about unloading once you do this, as she will realize that you are doing every thing you can to accommodate her.

    On an other note, bringing them to a range could also innitiate her to firearms and for all you know, once she feels comfortable with them might decide to buy her own.
    I have seen this happen a few times before.
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