Don't Leave Your Gun in the Car If You Live in One of These Cities

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
don t leave your gun in the car if you live in one of these cities

Not all car owners carry a gun, but most gun owners still use cars to get around. If you happen to have both, you may want to reconsider what you do with one when you park the other — especially depending on where you live.

Compared to your home, cars are much easier for thieves to gain access and they are infinitely easier to steal. When your car is stolen, everything inside goes with it. The Trace, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to expanding coverage of gun violence in the United States, recently reported on a study showing the number of firearms stolen from vehicles and what cities have it the worst.

The study surveyed 54 U.S. cities and found that Atlanta, Georgia, had more gun owners reporting their weapon stolen from a vehicle than any other. It also had the most firearms reported stolen from vehicles per 1,000 residents, followed by Lubbock, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana.

Automobiles are also the most likely source of stolen weapons in some cities. Atlanta police received 1,250 stolen gun reports last year and 69 percent of those were the direct result of vehicle break-ins. That number was 72 percent in Lubbock, 60 percent in San Francisco, and 53 percent in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Despite crime rates having plunged since the mid 1990s, firearm thefts from cars have trended upward in many cities in the United States. Most of the cities surveyed saw an increase over the last few years. It’s an incomplete list of cities, but the organization plans to flesh it out as more police departments provide statistics. The list can be found here.

As many states have eased up on the restrictions against leaving firearms in vehicles, doing so has become more commonplace. The Trace claims that many gun owners say they take their weapons with them when they travel in their car and regularly leave it there while they go about their daily business. With an estimated minimum of 300,000 guns stolen every year and the increased willingness of thieves to target vehicles, they may want to reconsider.

It’s not hard for a thief to grab your Colt 1911 from your 1991 Colt.

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  • Hezz Hezz on Oct 23, 2016

    As someone who carries concealed at times, the only reason my sidearm would stay in the car is if I am forbidden to take it inside the building or area I am entering. If you don't want law abiding people leaving their guns in their cars, let them carry them. Putting up "gun free zone" signs seems to have little actual deterrent effect on people with evil intent.

  • Bike Bike on Mar 29, 2023

    It's a bizarre conversation, for us folks outside the US.

  • SPPPP Aggression is pretty much the reason that racing exists, so I am going to call this an unsolvable problem. It's a contrived scenario in which you take risks to get rewards. You may be able to improve it ... but never eliminate it.
  • MaintenanceCosts This is now our fourth 20th Anniversary GTI, and the third of those four that had major structural modifications for purely aesthetic reasons. I didn't picture Tim as the type to want to join the STANCE YO crowd, but here we are?
  • JMII This is why I don't watch NASCAR, it just a crash fest. Normally due the nature of open-wheel cars you don't see such risky behavior during Indy car events. You can't trade paint and bump draft with an Indy car. I thought it was a sad ending for a 500. While everyone wants a green flag finish at some point (3 laps? 5 laps?) red flagging it is just tempting people too much like a reset button in a game.The overall problem is the 500 is not a "normal" race. Many one-off competitors enter it and for almost every driver they are willing to throw away the entire season championship just to win the "500". It sure pays way more then winning the championship. This would be like making a regular season NFL game worth more then the Super Bowl. This encourages risky behavior.I am not sure what the fix is, but Indy's restart procedures have been a mess for years. If I was in charge the rule would be pit speed limiter until the green flag drops at a certain place on the track - like NASCARs restart "zone". Currently the leader can pace the field however they wish and accelerate whenever they choose. This leads to multiple false and jumped starts with no penalty for the behavior. Officals rarely wave off such restarts, but that did happened once on Sunday so they tried to make driver behave. The situation almost didn't happen as there were two strategies in the end with some conserving fuel and running old tires, driving slower with others racing ahead. However the last caution put everyone on even terms so nobody had advantage. It always gets crazy in the last few laps but bunching up the field with a yellow or red flag is just asking for trouble.
  • Tim Healey Lol it's simply that VWVortex is fertile ground for interesting used cars!
  • Jalop1991 I say, install gun racks.Let the games begin!