Crime travels. You can be in a great neighborhood and still get robbed, killed, etc. Happens more than you think.thanks .. now I understand the purpose of your hidden box.
As Alabama goes... in middle of last Dec. I drove down to panhandle thru AL. On the way back, I stopped by at the Gun Show in Huntsville to see how it compares to IL. I was really surprised in a a bad way as I was expecting way more interesting stuff. About half of the tables were "ninja" and other knifes + other trinkets. It was not worth the $10 entry...I walked out in 30 min.
As the shootings go... TX next door has similar "south culture" and likely more guns - they had their share of problems. I think what helps AL is low population density .. large state with few people...Carry as much as you like... I choose not to and in my adult life I had no experience I wish I had. Maybe time to change neighborhood.
I've got many full sized lovelies that feel good (2x CZs, 2x Sigs - all pricy SA/DA - they get my approval for Range play) - and one full sized striker fired gun (my preference for carry duty). It's ugly (and cheap) so I keep it out of sight (in a holster). I've now worn this lovable HK VP9 for close to 4 years - that's an anomaly for me.My favorite and most comfortable/natural feeling 9mm gun is a Springfield Armory XD9 4” Service with a 15 round capacity. Just feels so good.
Fortunately, it's pretty much the same law here in North Carolina. And I carry everywhere I go as the law permits. BTW I have the same safe box under my seat... it's moved from car to car over the last decade!You obviously don't understand southern culture; here (in Alabama) residents can legally / publicly wear a gun on their hip. I think it's 21 years and over but don't know for sure. Perhaps thats a contributing factor as to Alabama not yet having a mass shooting - we can/ will shoot back.
Openly displaying your gun is OK / however to carry it concealed requires a carry permit - issued by the county sheriffs. The sheriff in turn runs a background check and if you're clean (by state law) they MUST ISSUE the person a permit. I carry mine concealed. Of course felons, drug + domestic abusers, etc are prohibited from ownership and carry rights.
But sometimes I must leave my gun behind - Iike for trips to the courthouse, schools, etc., then I lock it up in this box.
Also, when on cross county trips I must secure it when traveling thru some states (Wash, Ore, Nev, Cal, NM) all forbid me the right to carry in their states last fall.
Even better for me, in Bama Mil. Retirees over 65 years pay nothing for this permit! For all over 65 years is half price. I believe 5 year permits for the rest are $100 / $20 year.
Boooo to those communist states.
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Hey I know that route! except I took the 25 down to the 40... (last Saturday)... 1200 miles, 17 hour drive to So. Cal... (but not in the Passport, it was in my daughters 2019 Forrester)...