LOCATION: Parking lot. Tucson, Arizona
TIME: 8:40 p.m.
An unsuspecting woman had just gotten in her vehicle when a strange man with a hatchet appeared out of nowhere and demanded her car keys.
The woman retrieved a handgun from her car and told the man to leave, but he ignored her commands. As he raised his hatchet to strike the woman, she shot him.
She held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived to secure the scene and render medical aid. According to police, the woman stayed on scene and complied with all police requests.
The suspect was treated at a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. Currently, charges are pending against the man even though he was shot, because the woman shot him in self-defense.
The fact is this woman quite literally saved her life simply by having an accessible firearm in her car.
Have Permit, Will Travel
With summer almost here, lots of people will soon be hitting the roads to visit unfamiliar locales far and wide. So today, I want to share with you some tips for storing firearms in your vehicle.
Just because you are going out of town (or even driving to the store) and can’t carry your gun, you do have options for leaving it in your vehicle. Obviously, I’m a big believer that your gun should always be on your person, but I realize that there are places you may not legally be able to take your firearm — or maybe you don’t want to.
Now, I recommend storing a gun differently based on whether you are in the vehicle or plan on leaving it in the vehicle.
What I mean is if you are in the car traveling, you still want to be able to quickly access your gun in case you need it. However, if you are going into a courthouse for a few hours (for example), you should make sure your gun is secured and out of sight.
Read on for my specific recommendations…
You Can Take It With You
There are a number of different holsters on the market designed for use in cars to give you quick access to your firearm while you are in your vehicle.
CrossBreed makes a modular holster backed with Velcro so you can conveniently mount it almost anywhere in your car. These types of holsters are a good idea if you spend a lot of time in your car and don’t want to keep your gun on your person.
In addition to mounted holsters, you can also find holsters that attach underneath your steering wheel, allowing you to draw quickly while seated. These holsters clip to the piece of plastic that surrounds the steering column.
Another popular alternative is seat drapes. These hang down in front of your seat with a pocket holster to secure your firearm. The nice thing about this option is that seat drapes are easy to remove when not in use.
These are all great options for storing your firearm when you are in the car, but they are not ways I recommend storing your gun when you aren’t there. The fact is these methods usually leave the gun visible, which is the last thing you want to do when you are gone.
Leave It Behind
On the other hand, let’s say you always carry your firearm but work in a secure building where you can’t have it with you. You need to store it in your car in a manner that will keep it secure, hidden and out of the hands of criminals.
One of the most common places people keep guns in their cars is the glove box. But if someone breaks into your car, this is the first place they’d look. Although if you keep it locked, they might not waste their time trying to get in.
Another option is the center console, which you should also keep locked if you decide to use it. In fact, several companies make locking inserts you can put in the center console to secure your firearm.
Some of those companies are Tuffy, Console Vault and Guardian. These locking consoles are among the best options for keeping a firearm secure in your vehicle when you are gone.
If you want to get creative with your firearm storage, you could always put your firearm underneath the console. Most center consoles are held down with four screws, one in each corner. If you unscrew them, there is usually a small amount of space underneath the console where you could put a firearm.
Another option is to store your gun under the front seat. Some of the same companies I mentioned above also make lock boxes that can slide under the front seat.
Or you could simply buy a small firearms lockbox and secure it to the seat with the cable it comes with. This would prevent a criminal from stealing your firearm even if they did find the safe.
Typically, you are more vulnerable to criminal threats when you’re in your vehicle. It’s critical that you are prepared to defend yourself.
So whether you are taking your family on a road trip or just leaving your gun in your car to go grocery shopping, make sure that your firearm is stored safely and securely.