Tips For Transporting Firearms In Vehicles

Gun owners at times have to transport their firearms with them when travelling. Depending on the mode of travel, some additional steps may be required to prepare and secure the weapons for transit. While flying imposes more restrictions on how a gun needs to be stored and secured in transit, vehicle transportation offers more flexibility. That said, one still to secure and store the guns properly.

What are Your Options?

The protocols surrounding the transportation of firearms vary depending on state. In some places, one is required to unload the weapon and transport it in the trunk of the car. Using a car gun safe is generally recommended because it shows the carrier takes various security risks and other persons into consideration. There are several types of safes that one could use, and each has its own installation procedure.

Console safes are some of the more popular safes available in the market. Because a console safe is installed in the cavity of the console, no one, save for the gun owner, knows that it’s there. Once the lid is lowered, the safe remains out of sight. This safe has the benefit of allowing access to other USB ports after installation. That said, it’s not portable since installation is done by bolting the safe into place.

Portable biometric safes are well suited for use in vehicles. Depending on the space available, it could be possible to bolt a large safe to the floor for purposes of enhancing security. And this option is ideal for recreational vehicles. Portable biometric safes are usually lightweight and highly suited for smaller firearms. Perhaps the biggest benefit of these safes is the ease of access; it only takes a touch of the owner’s fingers to open the lid.

Securing Guns for Transportation

This is the most crucial element of transporting guns. One needs to ensure the gun is unloaded prior to transportation. Disassembling a larger firearm into smaller parts could make it much easier to store the weapon in a gun safe. For handguns, additional security measures like trigger locks can be applied.

The safe needs to be located somewhere that’s out of reach and out of sight as well. This could be under the seat or in the trunk; such spots meet the criteria while still offering easy access. The only problem with these places is that they’re usually targeted by criminals. Some research would however help in determining what additional measures could be used to enhance security.

Whether one has a concealed carry license or not, they need to comply with local firearms transportation regulations. So before transporting a gun in a car, it’s important to research the laws that apply in the state. If one is unsure, seeking advice from a qualified attorney in the area could help clarify the issue.

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