Bit of a dilemma, how to "safe" gun while visiting military installation?
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    Bit of a dilemma, how to "safe" gun while visiting military installation?

    Well, I'm running into a situation that I haven't been in before and am at somewhat of a loss on what I'm going to do. My Son is in basic at Ft. Sill. I live in Missouri. I have a CCW permit (yes they call it CCW in Missouri)and as I am often traveling alone with my 3 other kids it goes everywhere I go. Here is the problem.

    He graduates basic late in October at Ft. Sill, OK. I am going to family day and graduation from the middle of Missouri with 2 of my other 3 kids in the Jeep. The oldest daughter has her National Volleyball Tournament in Springfield, MO at the same time. She is traveling with the team while we go to OK to sons graduation. Once his "family time" is over and he has to go on to AIT (spl?) training we are leaving OK and headed to Springfield to her tournament. This is over the course of 4 days.

    Here is the problem. You CANNOT have a weapon even in a locked box on Base. I will be staying in a hotel in OK while there and I WILL NOT leave my gun in my room as that is NOT safe. I did call the proper division on base and asked them about having it stored in a locked box in the jeep and they said NO WEAPONS PERIOD on the base by non-military personnel (and it has to be registered and going from site to site only even if military personnel other than MP).

    I will not travel without it so I need to come up with some way to secure it while in OK on the base. I will be there during the work week, not weekend, so I guess I could find a bank, rent a SD box for a couple of days, but there has got to be a better solution than this. I'm an unsure about asking the hotel if they can lock it in a safe? Has anyone done this? How "secure" did you feel doing it if you did?

    Other option is to park at the gate, leave it in the lock box in the Jeep and walk on base, but depending on weather, it may not be doable. Open to hearing any good ideas (meaning not "concealed means concealed" regarding walking onto a military installation, not going to happen, period) or things others have done in this situation.

    Thanks,
    Proud Army Mom :)
    "I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the "heck" they please".-John Wayne

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    Some gun dealers have a place to lock up your guns for a small fee, is there one near that you can contact?

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    ^^^Excellent suggestion. I hadn't thought of that. I will check into it. Thank you! I like that much better than the hotel.
    "I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the "heck" they please".-John Wayne

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    Found one only a couple of blocks from the hotel. Thanks again.
    "I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the "heck" they please".-John Wayne

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    Call the Fort Sills Commander and he/she may have it secured at the gate and you can pick it up when you leave, if you request it. Never hurts to ask.
    The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

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    ^^ Oh I did. They said NOPE, leave it in your room at the hotel. That's not going to happen!
    "I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the "heck" they please".-John Wayne

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    You inferred that others have suggested just carrying it since concealed is concealed. I work on a military base and there is no question that there would be no forgiveness if they caught you with a gun on base. I'm glad you found a gun shop to store it for you. I have had to accept that as far as to and from work I have no choice but to not carry.

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    If you feel safe leaving the gun locked in the vehicle, you could do that and rent a car for the trip to the base or take a taxi.

    I feel your pain, I work 20 minutes from the gun range I am a member of in one direction, and I live 45 minutes from work in the other direction. I can't go to the gun range after work because I can't bring my guns on base even locked up in the vehicle.
    Anyone who says, "I support the 2nd amendment, BUT"... doesn't. Element of Surprise: a mythical element that many believe has the same affect upon criminals that Kryptonite has upon Superman.

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    You are going to need to call Ft Sill. They will put you in contact with the Armory, so you can check in your firearm. At the gate your going to meet the guards and one of them will escort you to the armory. Where the master at arms will check your firearm.

    this depends on the Fort or installation. So that is why you need to contact them ahead of time.

    Congratulations on the new graduate....!

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    most banks prohibit two items from being stored in SD boxes - firearms and cash. why, I don't know.

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