No matter how good the laws are in your state, if you carry a gun, there will be times when you have to disarm yourself to comply with the law. Going to the post office? That’s a federal no-go zone. Carry in most hospitals and casinos is banned, too (check your local laws). And then there are private businesses that prohibit carrying guns on their property.
The result is these “gun-free” zones force law-abiding gun owners to leave their firearms unattended, usually in their cars. Criminals, of course, know this.
Most of us have an inexpensive lock box in the car that’s secured by a steel cable to a seat mount. There are other options, of course, but none are perfect and you’re at risk of losing your gun(s) to an opportunistic thief whenever you stash them in your vehicle.
That’s something a leading Kansas candidate for the U.S. Senate found out the hard way over the weekend at a Wichita hotel. From the AP:
U.S. Senate candidate and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach reported that he had four guns stolen from his pickup truck that was parked at a Wichita hotel.
Officers responded to a call from Kobach around 11:30 a.m. Saturday at a hotel parking garage, Wichita police said. Investigators believe someone broke into Kobach’s pickup overnight and took a rifle, two shotguns and a handgun.
A spokeswoman for the Republican’s campaign said he was in Wichita for a campaign event and had the long guns with him for a scheduled shooting event.
Campaign spokeswoman Danedri Herbert said Kobach also “always has at least one firearm with him for personal protection.”
How do you stow your mohaska when entering a “gun-free” zone?