Saw this letter in a a paper downstate. Got me thinking.
We have a law which criminalizes allowing your unlocked firearm to fall into the hands of a minor. Do we need one which criminalizes allowing your unlocked firearm to fall into the hands of a burglar?
In a couple of weeks a new law protects the rights of CWLees to carry to and from work (at least to parking lots) without fear of being adverse action by HR. But I reckon that may (slightly) increase the likelihood of cars being used as makeshift gunsafes. Realize that there is no law preventing a CWLee from carrying into the building at work, there is just not protection if the employer finds out and decides to terminate her/him. [Telling an armed employee that he/she is fired for carrying is prima facie evidence that you don't consider that person a threat, but Stupid is as Stupid does.]
BG could cruise the lot for "Protected by S&W" or "Gun Control ... two hands" stickers and decide where to steal new firepower.
Still, are we correct to assume that a locked car is adequate protection for a firearm? The legislature must think so. I know on returning from hunting trips, we don't carry the .22 or .17 rifle into wherever we stop for lunch. And (although they are in cases) we don't apply trigger locks. But God help whoever breaks into my truck to steal one; the rounds are in my pocket, not far from a loaded sidearm.
Probably a bad idea for a new law, but I agree something is amiss when there is no penalty (beyond financial) for leaving a loaded gun in a car that is burglarized.