Military MEPS Physical Exam tomorrow - Carry or leave it at home??

Military MEPS Physical Exam tomorrow - Carry or leave it at home??

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    Military MEPS Physical Exam tomorrow - Carry or leave it at home??

    Well, tomorrow I make a trip to Montgomery Alabama for my "Over 40" MEPS exam. I will be transported there via a transport van or bus. I will be staying overnight and coming home Wednesday evening.

    I have been told that I can carry a bag for my extra clothes and toiletries. I am tempted to carry my XD45 with me and at least keep it in the bag. I have been informed we will have a place in which to lock up our belongings while taking the exam.

    Should I take the chance or just go unarmed? If I do go unarmed it will be the first place I have been unarmed (except a court building) since I started carrying again three years ago.
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    MEPS buildings are, as far as I know, federal and therefore no-carry zones. The last time I went to one (admittedly a good while ago, and in St. Loius), there were metal detectors and hands-on searches of bags. I don't know what the procedures will be in Montgomery, but it seems likely that you'll get similar treatment.

    Tough call, but I think I would leave it at home for this one.
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    Leave it home, you're not driving your vehicle right? You sure as hell don't want to leave it in the recruiters car, and they WILL find it on you or in your bags and that is a spot you don't want to be in.

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    I just googled it, and it looks like it's on Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base. That means, it's probably prohibited to bring the firearm on unless they are registered with the base. You could call the base and ask, though. Here's an article about it.
    http://www.maxwell.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123194841
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    Oh well, I think I will leave it at home this time. Given that bases are probably on higher security, due to the recent shootings in Ft. Hood, I do not want to take the chance of getting it confiscated or lose my chance of enlistment.
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    Not on higher security due to Ft. Hood, but prohibited anyhow. I have to leave mine behind whenever I visit a base. If the bus is Gov't charter, it probably falls under the Fed. prohibition also.
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    Don't do it, unless you want your career to be really short.
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    Good idea.. When I went through MEPS just a few months ago we had to pass through metal detectors and all of our bags were x-rayed upon arrival. There would be no way to keep it out of view. That and they specifically said that anyone with a weapon other than a small simple pocket knife or multitool (that you have to give up to them and they will give it back at the end) as in a large knife or firearm would be immediately dismissed and could possibly lead to charges and therefore stop someone's enlistment.

    It's not worth the trouble... really.

    Good luck at MEPS... It's BORING!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EW3 View Post
    Don't do it, unless you want your career to be really short.
    Done in one sentence. +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post

    Good luck at MEPS... It's BORING!!!!
    "Hurry up and wait"

    I did MEPS as a young, scared 17 year old in 1990, then did it again in 2001 as a 29 year old, it was great because I knew how exactly it would be and entertained myself telling all the other young, scared 17 year olds "war stories" about the Army LOL!

    Don't bring any weapons; I'm pretty sure MEPS is going to have the same status as any federal facility or military base, it's just not worth it.
    "Naked and Starving as They are We Cannot Enough Admire the Incomparable Patience and Fidelity of the Soldiery" George Washington, Valley Forge, 1777.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    Good luck at MEPS... It's BORING!!!!

    MEPS...Boot Camp...School....Military in general!
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    Leave it at home.....
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    Taking it with you would be a terrible mistake if you are caught with it. You'll never see a military career. As everyone else said, "leave it at home".
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    Good call leavin it at home. Security Forces get bored working the gate, they would've jumped at the opportunity to put someone's face on the pavement. It happened to me before on the flight line. Besides it would've been illegal

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