I posted a while back that I'm still waiting on the appeal of my CCW permit to crawl its way through the legal process. In the mean time I still have a desire to protect myself to the fullest extent that I'm legally allowed.
I carry at my home and I plan to start carrying at my business (I own the business). I'm trying to figure out the easiest way to transport my handgun between my office and home on a daily basis. I also occasionally have appointments during the day outside the office so I need to have a legal place to stow my handgun when I cannot carry it concealed.
OK, here's my plan:
I have an SUV so I don't have a separate trunk compartment so I want to get a nano vault with a combo lock for under my seat. When I get in my vehicle to leave home or the office I will unload my handgun and place the loaded magazine and empty gun both in the nano vault.
In the event of a life threatening situation in my vehicle I could retrieve my gun, albeit very slowly.
Now here's where I have a question/concern. Inside Omaha city limits it is illegal to possess a concealable firearm anywhere in a vehicle if it isn't registered with the city, so I went down to do that tonight. After registering my gun I asked the officer if it was legal to store my gun in a locked compartment anywhere inside my vehicle because it was an SUV. He said no, i had to store it in the very back of the SUV or else it was illegal and considered a CCW. I didn't push him on it, but my reading of the law in Nebraska doesn't say anything of the sort, in fact it's pretty absent of anything related to vehicle transport of firearms.
The officer also said we are a must notify state so I have to notify the officer if I have a firearm in the vehicle. This was new to me as well and my understanding was I only have to notify if I have a CCW, which I don't.
So, my apologies for the long post, but I would really appreciate any advice you guys would have. My thought is I'm on solid legal ground transporting my unloaded gun in a nano vault locked under my seat, but I want to be 100% legal so that's why I'm asking.
Thanks in advance.