The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved a resolution last week that allows everyone to keep a loaded handgun in their car, not just faculty, staff, and student workers. But with one other change. The vehicle doesn’t have to be locked. Previously, the vehicles had to be locked.
So you can leave your loaded gun in your unlocked vehicle in plain sight. Great. But that doesn’t mean you should. The only time I leave a gun in my truck is when I cannot bring it with me into wherever I may be going. And when I do, it goes into a lockable safe that is secured to the seat frame.
And never keep guns in your vehicle overnight. I come across news stories all the time of people having their cars broken into and having their guns stolen. The neighborhood I used to live in New Orleans has a huge problem with people breaking into cars at night. And in every news report, they are reminding people not to leave guns and valuables in the car.
One student at UM said:
“There are already issues on campus. It’s a loaded gun, like, it’s not empty, it’s fully loaded. You could open up the door, grab the loaded gun, and there you have it, you have a loaded gun in your hand” via FOX 2 Now.
While I understand her concerns, I hope most responsible gun owners won’t just leave loaded firearms in their unlocked cars just because now it is legal.