NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Nashville Police say thieves have taken 161 guns from vehicles so far this year.
During 2020, 775 guns were stolen. This is a problem that Metro Police have battled for years. Gun safety instructors say this is frustrating. “Anyone who is [leaving guns unlocked in vehicles] is just being negligent,” Ben Dozier said. He co-owns Waypoint Defensive with Brian Griffin. Both are gun safety instructors. Metro Police said from Sunday, February 28 – Saturday, March 6, 10 guns were stolen from cars and trucks, six from unlocked vehicles. “The concept of a truck gun — it’s an actual term that people use in the firearm community,” Dozier said. “It’s just one of those things that we don’t think you should have.” They said if you have to leave your gun in your vehicle, get a lockbox that attaches to your car.
Last year, Representative G.A. Hardaway introduced a bill increasing the penalty for people who leave handguns in a vehicle. The bill didn’t go anywhere, but Hardaway said he might introduce another bill like that, depending on where the current firearm bill focusing on permitless carry goes. [full article]