Working on Air Force base.
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September 23rd, 2012 03:35 PM
Working on Air Force base.
I work for a retail display company and spend most of my time (while at work) either driving or working inside convenience stores, gas stations, and grocery markets.
This week I will need to visit a couple of Air Force bases in Spokane, WA and Yakima, WA for work.
Do military bases provide any sort of storage for one to check in their firearm(s) before heading on base?
Alternate suggestions? I really don't want to have to leave my protection at home for a whole week because of 2 stops.
September 23rd, 2012 03:42 PM
You can check with the Base Police, but chances are they don't provide anything. And bringing a weapon on base is not something you want to get caught doing!
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September 23rd, 2012 03:44 PM
"Do military bases provide any sort of storage for one to check in their firearm(s) before heading on base?
As an AF retiree, I have to go the day unarmed it I plan to visit the nearby base, even it it's just 10 minutes out of my whole day's activity.
Don't even try putting it in a hidden lockbox. Everyone entering the base is subject to random inspection. You might never get selected, but then, you could have a bad day.
If you will be making visits to these bases on a regular basis, maybe you could find nearby gunshops where you could "drop your gun off for cleaning".
Kind of s*cks that the federal government is the biggest infringer of 2A.
The only common sense gun legislation was written about 224 years ago.
I carry always not because I go places trouble is likely, but because trouble has a habit of not staying in its assigned zone.
September 23rd, 2012 03:52 PM
I just contacted a place in Yakima called "Tactical Supply" and they offered to hold my firearms in a safe for me during my visit. Thank you for your input.
September 23rd, 2012 04:59 PM
AD personnel residing in the dorms can store weapons in the base armory. Unfortunately that does not apply to civilian contractors. To the best of my knowledge, no base provides storage for guns for visitors. Might check and see if there is a shooting range near the bases where you could drop your gun to be cleaned and pick it up once you leave base.
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September 23rd, 2012 05:37 PM
Did they mention anything about charging you & if so, how much? I'm retired Army & plan someday to go to reunions at Ft. Bragg & Ft. Benning (if I live that long) & would like to have an idea what the cost would be. If there's little or no charge I'd buy something from them. At least a couple boxes of ammo or maybe a holster.
Originally Posted by pacman
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September 23rd, 2012 09:52 PM
Little fact even some LEO's do not know . On any Military post not even LEO can carry or have a fire arm without approval from the post commander.
No exception. Know of a case a few years back where a couple LEO found out the hard way.
Back about ten years ago I showed up for a course I had forgotten my P89 dc was cased in the trunk. I went to Provost Marshall, explained my mistake they secured it and returned the day I left no issue. But it could have gone the other way real easy.
September 23rd, 2012 09:56 PM
Actually, retiree's can store on base, at least at Moody and Warner Robbins. I talked to the SP desk and they told me that if I planned on stopping by to let them know that day, then declare at the gate and they'd escort me to the armory. Store the weapon, go about my business, and pick it up and be escorted off base.
Same at Hurlburt Field, as they also have a range that's part of the MWR ( I know they don't call it MWR anymore but I can't keep up with those changes ) so they provide the escort service for shooters that are coming to use the range. You have to be Active, Reserve or Retired to buy a range membership, but it works for me.
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September 24th, 2012 02:18 AM
didnt know that about Warner Robins preciate the new info
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September 24th, 2012 01:51 PM
If that doesn't work out, you can always store them with me
Originally Posted by pacman
In all seriousness, you can also stop by a place called "Attic Clutter" at 601 W Yakima Ave. Sweetest gal in the world runs it, and they're big firearms enthusiasts. They run a little gun business out of it they call the "guy room" with a couple of decent safes. They'll talk your ear off, but I'm sure they'd be glad to secure your weapon for a while.
Edit: Also... have you considered calling ahead to the bases and asking them directly if they will allow you to secure your weapon at the Armory? Wouldn't hurt to ask, and might save some time...
Last edited by livewire; September 24th, 2012 at 01:52 PM.
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