I recently made the long journey from West Texas to the West Coast by car. I do not know what possessed me to take my two dogs, other than their presence would force me to take a lot of breaks to give my back a break from the arduous miles. I was going to visit family, but as my adult son enjoys marksmanship, I brought a few firearms to see who would be the better shot. I really do hope he will follow in my footsteps; he shows undoubted skill. Regardless, I put care and thought into my safe and proper transportation of firearms. No matter whether law enforcement, retired from the law, Average Law-Abiding Citizen, there are a few very clear procedures to follow when transporting firearms. It is not necessarily Common Sense, but when known, the firearms transporter realizes it is a very Common Sense approach. Simply put, unload your weapon, lock it in a lock box, stow it away from the driver. Stow the ammunition in its own box or case, away from the lock box. Long guns can be transported in soft cases, with the action open so the emptiness of the weapon is readily visible. Every state may have its particulars, but this standard of “unload, lock it in a lock box, stow it away from the driver” is a strong start for safely and properly transporting firearms (that are not on your person due to possession of a concealed handgun license or your officer’s credentials). On this particular trip, I began with my usual Venti Starbucks. Straight brew, no fussy beverage for me. I knew it would keep me awake and alert for hours. A friend of mine used to try and convince me this coffee was narcotic. And then my little dog parked himself with his behind right on my cup. I’m driving and there is nothing I can do. Not only can I not move him while I am driving, but how will I drink my favorite brew once he lifts his ass off my cup of coffee?!? I start laughing-no one else is in the car but me and my dogs- as I rationalize that not only is the coffee strong enough to be addictive, it must also be antibiotic as well. Who in their right mind is going to rationalize drinking coffee after their dog has sat on the cup??? Only me. Then, the dog moved, and I did drink it; no ill side affects, firearms safely transported.
NRA Firearms Instructor – Nancy Rothschild
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