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I find I have to go into OFFLIMITS locations regularly.

For those staying legal do you usually unholster gun and have a special place for an unholstered gun, such another dedicated car holster or case - or remove holster leaving the gun holstered and then place the holstered gun where in vehicle?

Of course a lovely padded console safe would be best, but does not fit into many real lives as I know it.

Also what technique do you use to do this so those outide the vehicle do no notice?
 

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When I have to remove mine I put it in the map pocket on the back of the driver's seat in my truck. When I get back, I open the back door, put the gun up on the console. When I get back in the driver's seat I put it back into the holster. I always find myself doing a "Better than usual" scan of the area before I start that whole procedure to be sure nobody is close....
 

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I always feel uneasy about leaving my carry piece in an unattended vehicle, but I'm not going to go around all day without it just becuase of one quick stop I have to make. That said, I will stick it in the trunk of my car or behind the drivers seat of my truck and return as quick as possible. Luckily, I rarely have to venture into the unsafe territorys.
 

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just about the only stop that I make is into the bank, and for that I usually do a nice sweep of the area, and then place it snuggly inbetween my driver seat and the center console, I drive a little Honda Civic so there is just enough room for my 23, the only problem I have noticed about that is at night from outside the passanger window, you can see a little bit of my night sights...but who banks that late at night anyway, without an ATM?
 

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I am just so thankful that my need to remove piece is rare in the extreme.

I have used Bumper's method once or twice.
 

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I use one of those COM type lock ups. I drive a Jeep Grand Cherrokee, and it fits perfectly under the rear seat on the passenger side. I just tip up the seat portion (two piece seats, one for you butt, the other your back) and set the case&pistol in along side of the screw jack, then return the seat pad to it's "normal" postion. I figure if stolden (doubtfull it's a 96) they most likely wouldn't think of opening the seats there. Most of the time in the "off limit" areas, they will not know that I'm carrying until TSHTF ! And as you can guess I don't use my COM much....:danceban:
 

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It's a rare place that I ever go that I need to "Tuck-away" my carry piece of the day, here in S.E. Georgia! Around here, most places accept that people "Carry"; legally is common & illegally is more common..; I'm in the first catagory. I never go to bars, & if I do have to go somewhere thats not appropriate or legal to carry; it goes in the console of my Quad Cab. I never worry about it though because about the only destination that I attend occasionally that I need to "Stow" my handgun, is on the few occasions that I have to go to the Courthouse. (Placing liens on properties, last notices before eviction, parking tickets & such..) I am now, after having been a long time SA & Tac Instructor for various Fed. branches in addition to my general LEO duties (& before that Military duties..), a General Contractor & also own several rental properties. Around the Courthouse there are too many LEO's around to worry about our MOST COMMON (meaning druggie/ thug, theif type..) locals & that lovely, lowley, always favorite "Busted Out Window Syndrome!"

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A: find some place else to do business with
B: carry anyway, "it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6"
C: on those very rare incidents such as gun shows my PU has a center console, draw right with console open place gun there, slam closed with elbow.
 

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Again I must say, even though I don't like this state (taxes, some other laws) it is (at the moment) very gun friendly as in where you can and can't carry.

I never go onto federal property (especially the court house, no need to step into that place) so I don't have to ever take off my carry piece.

When I lived in GA and had the GA CHL, I never went into bars or attended "events". The only time that I messed up was when I went into the PO in valdosta. I didn't know that the federal offices such as the FBI and SS were there. I did my business and then saw the sign on the way out (it wasn't posted on the way in) and thought... oops.

But, I am going to have a car safe installed into the truck of my car, to hold important stuff as well as the handguns if I ever do have to go into the fed court house or if I move from this state.

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Post Office is the only place I've been lately that I've had to remove my gun. I ran through a few days ago and forgot I was packing until I stepped out of the truck - had to jump back in, close the door and remove the holster... oops!

When I DO have to stow my gun, I remove the holster with it and lock them in the glovebox - a small J-frame currently so it fits in there. I don't have a console in my truck (the small Toyota 4x4 that was replaced by the Tacoma), when I start carrying the Mil-Spec I'm going to have to rethink things - no extended cab so the only access to behind the seat storage is by getting out first ... definitely not an ideal set up! Hopefully the holstered gun will fit underneath the seat or between seat and tranny hump in the cutout for the gearshift.
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I also use the COM like Rock And Glock mentioned. I have it attached to my seat and rests under center arm rest of truck. Works great and very secure.
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I used to have a gunvault safe in my car bolted into the trunk floor, but now I almost never have to disarm. Only time I do is when I work in RI, were I do not yet have a permit, so it goes elsewhere.
 

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Stashing your carry piece in a car is a very risky thing to do. When I have to unholster my pistol, I lock it in the glove box. A glove box lock may be fairly easy to break, but it is much safer than the usual stash spots in a car: under the seat, in the console, in the trunk, wedged between a seat, or in a door pocket. A locked glovebox gives a theif TWO locks to penetrate. The car door and the box.

The last thing I want is some crook shooting people with a gun in my name.
 

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I use a small gun safe. I don't think a glove box will slow someone down much, but may keep em from finding the gun if they are in a rush to search an leave.
If I had to remove my gun alot during the day, I would get an electronic keypad safe.
 

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As bad as MA is, the only place off-limits by statute are schools (K-college), but there is an exemption for LE. By practice those buildings that have security at the door won't allow access with ANY weapons, but I make it a practice NOT to need to go to those sorts of places anymore. Only exception is courthouses where I sometimes have business/prisoners and they just make me lock up the gun (and any knives that they see) in their gun lockers at the security station. USPO is NOT off-limits in MA to anyone with a LTC (exemption is in US Code for "lawful purposes", in spite of the HCI-designed sign in every post office), which is required to own any guns in MA anyway.

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MGLs make it a felony to leave a loaded gun in a motor vehicle, or an unloaded gun in a glove box. Gun must be unloaded and in a "locked container" (trunk qualifies, but locked glove box specifically does not). This would make it quite a project if we had to unload, lock up, retrieve, reload, etc. each time we stopped somewhere.
 

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If the off limits place is real, that is there is a state of federal law against carrying then it goes behind the seat of my pickup in a locked handgun safe. If is a place that is posted “No Carry” then I go in anyway. If I am made and called on it then I leave without any backtalk. In Oregon there is nothing they can do to you if you walk out. They can charge you with trespass if you refuse to leave. Trick is to never get made.
 

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Living in NH the only place off-limits to a CCW holder is any courthouse or building within a courthouse limit. Anyplace else is fair game. Personally, I try to keep myself in the state as much as possible s that I can carry. I very much dislike going anywhere out of state since I currently do not have permits to carry there (IE in Mass or Maine).

That being said, when I am off-duty and working my part-time job driving trucks for Tri-State, I'll remove my carry piece and leave it in my truck at my employer's house. The only reason being that I have no idea whether or not I'll end up inside MA. I don't want to get sent to MA on a pick-up and get pulled over by some bored HP or Statie looking to check my log book for the day. Carrying in MA without a permit is almost a guaranteed pass to jail. No thanks. On those days where I have to drive, I'll remove my carry piece from my holster, drop the mag and make the gun safe, then proceed to place the different pieces of the gun in different areas of my truck. Gun in one spot, mags in another, holster in another. Then I lock the truck down and set the alarm.

As crappy as it may sound, I have to try and follow the law as best I can. I do NOT need to be arrested or charged for having an "illegal" firearm in MA. My Battalion Chief and deaprtment Chief would not look to kindly on me having a record even though it's complete BS.
 

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Fortunately, in Alabama there are few places that are off limits: Courthouses and public K-12 schools. There is also a law against having a firearm within 1,000 feet of a public demonstration after being notified by a LEO that a demonstration is taking place and being ordered to remove yourself from the area and to return when not in possession of any firearm. That being said I have to go to the courthouse at least once per week and after next payday will take Rock and Glocks advice and get a couple of the COM gun safes. The prices are extremely reasonable.
 
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