Gun safe in your car?

On a recent trip to Tennesee, I spent a lot of time going through the lovely state of Illinois. If you’re traveling through Illinois with a concealed carry permit from your home state, you can carry through Illinois as long as the firearm stays in your car. If you get out of the car, you must remove it and to secure it in the vehicle.

A safe in your car is a great way to secure a firearm.


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What car safe do you like? Any suggestions on the type of safe or installation of it?

Edited for clarity - and added a few words missed when I first posted.

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I keep one of my gun boxes in the car in case I need to run into the post office, courts, or other government building that is gun free.

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I keep one in my car with a cable lock to the frame of the car. I’d feel better if the whole safe was bolted to the body of the car instead of the cable, but I don’t leave it in the safe very long. Those places very similar to @BrophE. It’s a SentrySafe.

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I’ve got a center console safe in my truck and a cable safe in her car. Gotta have something.

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I have a hornady cable-secured gun box that will hold 2 guns, plus a separate cable-secured box, smaller, for loaded magazines (thank you Illinois :unamused:). Both are looped through the seat frames.
My abdolutely-love-it preference is the Jotto locking holster, super secure, bolted right into the floor, but it may not qualify as a “container” so check your state law.

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Dawn, doesn’t the USCCA sell some gun vaults?

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We offer a safe in our online store:

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I have Snapsafes small keyed version, one in each car, and one in the trunk of the motorcycle.

I keep the key in them until firearm / knife is in them because of not knowing which of us will use what vehicle (except for the motorcycle).

The combination version does not have enough number for my liking. If it was four digits instead of 3 then I would consider the combination version.

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@Dawn

Are you sure about that? Last I read you could not get out of the vehicle with it on your body. Also as long as you had a valid permit from your home state it could be sitting on the car seat next to you. If you left the vehicle (as in walked away from the vehicle) to go inside the station to pay, the weapon needs to be unloaded and secured inside the vehicle.

This is why I avoid Illinois when on my bike. If I get off the bike I am no longer considered in my vehicle and I cant secure the weapon in my gun safe on the bike without pulling it out of the holster and exposing it.
You can do that in a car but on a bike you are kind of screwed.

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That’s what I understand too.

Same one on Amazon, $170 vs. $134

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WOW! THANK YOU! I totally knew what I meant to say and then forgot to add the ever important IN THE CAR to the sentence. :woman_facepalming:

A non-resident may transport a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle if they have a valid CCW permit in their home state. They cannot under any circumstances remove the firearm from the vehicle. If they need to exit the vehicle they must lock it or place the firearm in a locked container. Any ammunition needs to be stored separately [430 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 66/40(e)].

My apologies for not completing my thought in that first post! And thank you so much for pointing it out to me!

Here’s a link to the IL reciprocity page: https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/resources/ccw_reciprocity_map/il-gun-laws/

@fish big difference in price! The one I have through the Jotto site has the NRA logo, so maybe that’s part of the price. On the other hand, Amazon takes a huge percentage of the profit, so I sometimes prefer to buy directly from the manufacturer… support the businesses I want to stay in business.
… and sometimes I need the price break, so Amazon it is :slightly_smiling_face:

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Here you go.

https://www.nrastore.com/accessories/pins-patches-decals/nra-ultra-flex-3d-emblems

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ha! @Fish that’d get it done :smiley:

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I knew you knew it, I was more concerned that something had changed in the last wo weeks since I read it again and missed something. I mean there are times when you seem to find out things before the rest of us mortals (lmao).

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The only thing I found out is that I needed more caffeine when I was writing my initial post :rofl: :coffee:

Thanks for the catch, @DBrogue! I’d hate to have wrong info out there!

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I’ve thought of doing this to and like the one pictured that goes in the console. Which one is this how much and where do I get it.

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https://www.consolevault.com/console-vault.html

It appears to be priced by vehicle, it isn’t a universal installation.

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I’ll just stay out of that state. A concealed carry permit does not mean ‘only’ in my car.

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