'Guns in trunks' law could mean boon for car burglars - WSMV Channel 4

'Guns in trunks' law could mean boon for car burglars

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

As of Monday, if you have a permit to carry a handgun in Tennessee, you can legally keep that weapon in your car almost anywhere you park in the state.

Now, some are worried that could mean added temptation for car thieves, so there's a new effort to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

"We do worry about weapons being stolen from cars," said Sgt. Robert Weaver, president of the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police.

FOP leaders say the new law could lead to more car thefts if gun owners don't store their weapon properly.

"We want to make sure if you're going to have a firearm at work or whatever that you conceal it in your trunk where it's not visible from public view," Weaver said.

But gun safety instructor Leroy Farris, at the Nashville Armory, said gun owners should take it a step further and keep their weapon locked up when they park or travel.

"Then there are more durable safes that could also be mounted with a plate to the trunk of the vehicle," Farris said.

Criminals aren't the only ones who might go through your glove compartment. Kids could, too.

"There was a sibling who shot a sibling inside a vehicle," Farris said.

Police say it comes down to training and knowing your rights.

Gun owners should check with their employer before leaving a gun in their car at work. The law does not stop a person from being fired if an employer has a policy against firearms.

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