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Ok, I've passed my CCW class (In Illinois) and now have the pleasure of waiting 4 months for it to arrive. :aargh4:

Along with my Ruger GP100 .357 6 in.barrel, and SP101 22.lr, I have a S&W 642 .38 snubby that I plan on pocket carrying. Also have the pocket holster.

Question #1 is: Do you folks carry at home inside your house?
I've been doing this to get used to having my gun in my pocket but I feel kind of strange since I live in a fairly quiet and peaceful neighborhood.
Yeah like everywhere else we have our share of the drug culture living in our community, low income housing a few blocks away, and I see reports in the newspaper of houses being burglarized but am I being paranoid doing this? After all my GP100 is a few steps away in my gun safe and If an intruder came into my house THAT is the gun I would want in my hands.

Question #2: After my CCW permit arrives. If I go somewhere that is posted NO FIREARMS and I need to be in that place I would feel uncomfortable leaving my gun in my car unattended for any length of time. Believe it or not, neither my car's glove compartment and center console have locks on them.
Would something like this bolted to the seat of the car or somewhere else be sufficient? Should I unload it or keep it loaded.
https://www.amazon.com/GunVault-NV200-NanoVault-Lock-Black/dp/B00384755S

Thanks for any help offered. :3a:
 

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Some members do carry inside their homes, and others don't

I'm one of the members who doesn't.

I do have my weapon locked, loaded, and within easy reach when home.

Ok, I've passed my CCW class (In Illinois) and now have the pleasure of waiting 4 months for it to arrive. :aargh4:

Along with my Ruger GP100 .357 6 in.barrel, and SP101 22.lr, I have a S&W 642 .38 snubby that I plan on pocket carrying. Also have the pocket holster.

Question #1 is: Do you folks carry at home inside your house?
I've been doing this to get used to having my gun in my pocket but I feel kind of strange since I live in a fairly quiet and peaceful neighborhood.
Yeah like everywhere else we have our share of the drug culture living in our community, low income housing a few blocks away, and I see reports in the newspaper of houses being burglarized but am I being paranoid doing this? After all my GP100 is a few steps away in my gun safe and If an intruder came into my house THAT is the gun I would want in my hands.

Question #2: After my CCW permit arrives. If I go somewhere that is posted NO FIREARMS and I need to be in that place I would feel uncomfortable leaving my gun in my car unattended for any length of time. Believe it or not, neither my car's glove compartment and center console have locks on them.
Would something like this bolted to the seat of the car or somewhere else be sufficient? Should I unload it or keep it loaded.
https://www.amazon.com/GunVault-NV200-NanoVault-Lock-Black/dp/B00384755S

Thanks for any help offered. :3a:
 

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100% of home invasions happen in the home. That is fact, not from a meme. I carry at home when I'm dressed for it. If I'm lounging around in lounging attire I don't carry but it's close by.

That is what I use on the very rare occasion I have to disarm and leave it in the car. I don't unload mine if I have to store it that way, too much gun-play. This is a temporary storage solution. An experienced thief will likely have a way to cut a cable or pry open a box quickly. Sometimes if it is hidden under a seat or something they may not look for it during your typical smash and grab. Keep the NRA stickers and Ruger logos off of your vehicle, refrain from the ash-tray or cupholder full of loose change, don't leave your beats headphones laying in your seat, take your purse with you, etc. Don't give them any reason to want to see what is in your vehicle. Lastly plan your trips and carrying accordingly. If you are going to be in several places that prohibit concealed carry it may be wiser to leave it at home rather than risk someone stealing it.
 

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My 2 cents.

#1 My gun is on me if I'm wearing pants. If not, close by.

#2 I will leave my gun in my glove box if I HAVE to but I'm definitely not unloading it. I don't remove it from the holster at all away from home or range and risk a ND. I'll unload for cleaning obviously but it's not an area you want to get too comfortable and complacent with. Safety first.
 

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I have a 442 in my pocket at all times. Most of the time I have another Snub AIWB. I have a lock box like you pictured in my truck and wife's car. I also have a safe in the car (my car) that we use for travel. I can move the safe or the lock boxes around as needed. If I have to park and leave a gun locked up, I make sure it is a populated area so a thief may not want to attract attention trying to break in. Normally I can park in a area that I can keep a eye on or check on the vehicle. Like when I walk at the Rec Center. I park in a lot where the Police Cars are. There is a lot of Windows in the track so I can see the car. I rarely leave a gun. Most of the time I don't go if I can't carry.
 

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The only time the gun is not on my Is

1: I'm sleeping but it is close
2: me and the wife are busy ( and she doesn't like when it hits her)
3: I can not carry in that building (but for the most part try to avoid those buildings )

Yes you should have some type of good safe for you car that is not easily grab and go or to open there are a few out there that are nice. According to the law in Illinois if it is stored in your car it has to be unloaded and magazine out of it, by it is fine but out of gun.

http://nrajottogear.gojotto.com/nra-handgun-by-jotto-desk.html

OR I really like these cause there are no keys or battery's, they can be anchored to the care and not with a cable. Along with very strong

V-Line | Security Cases and Cabinets

What ever you get DO NOT buy one that has a steal cable they are too easy and very fast to cut. Just my 2 cents
 

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After all my GP100 is a few steps away in my gun safe and If an intruder came into my house THAT is the gun I would want in my hands.
In an emergency situation, anything in the gun safe might as well be in the next door neighbor's house. Unless your intruder calls in advance and makes an appointment.
 

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#1: If you carry around the home you'll get used to having it on you and adjust sooner than waiting for your permit to arrive and start carrying then. Depends on your comfort level as to whether it's loaded, chambered, or not.

#2: I lock mine in the trunk if I have to leave it in the car. I keep a hand towel in my car to wrap around the gun when I exit the car so no one will think otherwise when I move it to the trunk.
When I'm in my Chevy truck I put it under the rear seat with a cable lock attached to the seat frame.
 

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When I was first preparing to CC, I carried my gun in the home all the time. Here's the hitch: It was unloaded. I combined my in-home CC with draw-and-(dry)fire practice. I figured that the time spent training would or could ultimately pay off some day.

Now that I'm comfortable with CC, I no longer wear my gun at home. But I live alone, and so I have a loaded firearm available at a moment's notice. When I leave my house, all my non-carry guns are locked in safes.
 
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#1: If you carry around the home you'll get used to having it on you and adjust sooner than waiting for your permit to arrive and start carrying then. Depends on your comfort level as to whether it's loaded, chambered, or not.
I am doing that right now and yes it is loaded. It's a revolver in a pocket holster so I am fairly confident about not having the gun go off in my pocket.
#2: I lock mine in the trunk if I have to leave it in the car. I keep a hand towel in my car to wrap around the gun when I exit the car so no one will think otherwise when I move it to the trunk.
When I'm in my Chevy truck I put it under the rear seat with a cable lock attached to the seat frame.
Forgot to mention I drive a small SUV. No trunk.

.....Keep the NRA stickers and Ruger logos off of your vehicle, ......
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Some members do carry inside their homes, and others don't
I'm one of the members who doesn't.
I do have my weapon locked, loaded, and within easy reach when home.
Usually it's just my wife and I. (Btw we are both retired so we are home alot) but sometimes our 3 year old grandson comes over so in a safe or in my pocket are the only options.
 

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I've made it a practice most of my life to have my arm on my person or within arm's reach 24/7 . Something as simple as a failure of a card reader on a gas pump today left me in a situation where I was 'just a few steps from my pistol' when Mr. Murphy came to visit . The situation sorted itself with positive results but still left a chill running up and down my spine . (I posted about it in another thread .)
 

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One of the first things people always say during a TV interview, after something bad has happened is, I never thought it would happen in this neighbor. So, do not your guard down because nothing has happened in your neighborhood. Carry in your house if you if you want to or at least have guns close by. I have this for the car and while it will not stop at pro, it will slow down the break and grab bunch. https://www.amazon.com/Club-LB200-Personal-Vault-Security/dp/B002WRRNFO
 

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Ok, I've passed my CCW class (In Illinois) and now have the pleasure of waiting 4 months for it to arrive. :aargh4:

Along with my Ruger GP100 .357 6 in.barrel, and SP101 22.lr, I have a S&W 642 .38 snubby that I plan on pocket carrying. Also have the pocket holster.

Question #1 is: Do you folks carry at home inside your house?
I've been doing this to get used to having my gun in my pocket but I feel kind of strange since I live in a fairly quiet and peaceful neighborhood.
Yeah like everywhere else we have our share of the drug culture living in our community, low income housing a few blocks away, and I see reports in the newspaper of houses being burglarized but am I being paranoid doing this? After all my GP100 is a few steps away in my gun safe and If an intruder came into my house THAT is the gun I would want in my hands.

Question #2: After my CCW permit arrives. If I go somewhere that is posted NO FIREARMS and I need to be in that place I would feel uncomfortable leaving my gun in my car unattended for any length of time. Believe it or not, neither my car's glove compartment and center console have locks on them.
Would something like this bolted to the seat of the car or somewhere else be sufficient? Should I unload it or keep it loaded.
https://www.amazon.com/GunVault-NV200-NanoVault-Lock-Black/dp/B00384755S

Thanks for any help offered. :3a:
I carry everywhere legal, including my home. Trouble can find you anywhere, any time. Just ask those folks sitting in their garage in FL that ended up getting their faces gnawed on by some drugged up psycho.
 

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I feel kind of strange since I live in a fairly quiet and peaceful neighborhood.
I think these are how do they say,,famous last words. I hear that from people up here on the mountain,,,it's rural area so they feel "Nothing will happen here" Sad part is they are gun people. Carry everywhere you legally can and have your gun on you or a arms length at home,,,just my 2 cents.
 

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If you're carrying at home to get used to concealed carry I would suggest you carry the same way at home that you are planning on carrying when you're out. As far as the question about what to do with your weapon when you have to go someplace that does not allow I won't comment on that that's a judgment call on your part. Personally I have a hidden area or in my car and a small combination gun safe and that's what I do with mine no I don't unload it. Here's the thing though I don't live in Illinois I would definitely check your local laws as the storing a weapon in your car. And another Big difference is here in Virginia sign saying no weapons allowed do not have the authority of law unless it's a normal places that you can't carry court houses etc. here say you going to a restaurant that has a sign that says no guns allowed and someone notices that you have a concealed weapon the most They can do is ask you to leave if you refuse you can get charged with trespassing . No gun signs in Virginia carry no weight of law.
 

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I'm starting to think there is no reason not to carry at home. Other than I have to put it away if I go anywhere (for now) even if I step on the sidewalk in front of my house.

I think I'll go with a gun safe with metal cable. Probably won't stop a pro....
Are gun free zones also ammo free zones? I could unload and carry the 5 rounds plus 2 speed strips in my pocket. That way if my gun WAS stolen they couldn't immediatley use it unless they happen to be carrying .38spcl ammo around with them. ???
 

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BTW thanks for all the input folks.
It helps to be able to bounce ideas off of more experienced people.:hand9:
 

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Not sure on the ammunition question. I carry a spare magazine and usually keep it with me when I have to disarm. Check your local laws, it's Illinois so I wouldn't want to be the test case.
 
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