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Old September 6th, 2016, 02:21 PM   #1
 
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Thoughts about theft at gun shops/pawn shops etc.

We just had a LGS robbed of 40 rifles and handguns. This is the 2nd time in the last 6 months that a large stash has been taken.

My question is why can't the store owners remove bolts, cylinders, barrels, firing pins, etc.? They can keep those items in a separate safe or off site during non business hours.
Just seems like minimal work to make the weapon pretty much useless on the thug market. I think most thieves wouldn't target a shop if they new the weapons were stored like this.

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You can buy all of those parts without going through all the BS involved in buying the firearm itself, so that "rendering useless" is temporary. Most gun stores are pretty secure, so I don't think it would do much.
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We just had a LGS robbed of 40 rifles and handguns. This is the 2nd time in the last 6 months that a large stash has been taken.

My question is why can't the store owners remove bolts, cylinders, barrels, firing pins, etc.? They can keep those items in a separate safe or off site during non business hours.
Just seems like minimal work to make the weapon pretty much useless on the thug market. I think most thieves wouldn't target a shop if they new the weapons were stored like this.

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Storing inventory like that would be a major headache (not minimal work) and not worth the trouble. Guns could be damaged in the process, parts mismatched or misplaced. Thieves might avoid a shop that did this (assuming they knew) but as a buyer I wouldn't be very interested in buying from a shop that disassembled, stored separately and reassembled the parts in their gun inventory. Just not a practical solution. We have one LGS here that inventories over 6,000 firearms. Storing parts "off site during non business hours".... So the employee who locks up at the end of the day is going to lug home a trunk full of gun parts? I don't think so. Shops are better off investing in better security systems.

It's unfortunate when this happens but I'm pretty sure the vast majority of stolen guns come from home and vehicle burglaries and not from gun shops.
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There was a shop broken into near me that had a whole case of firearms stolen. I was so upset because I had been eyeing and thinking about putting on layaway a Ruger 357 mag Blackhawk with the Bisley hammer and grip. It was one of the ones stolen.
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If the thieves had to pass a comprehensives back ground check it would keep these guns out of the bad guys hands and reduce gun violence. Oh wait that would only hinder us the law abiding citizen. Never mind.
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Guns are one of the only products that are worth more stolen than new.
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...Shops are better off investing in better security systems...
Yeah: like fortified buildings and interior gun safes. Here in town, a few months ago, some burglars drove a vehicle through a gun shop front wall at oh-dark-thirty. The alarm activated and the police responded and arrived within minutes of the break in. The thieves made off with a significant amount of guns, and the police showed up a wee bit too late.

The irony is that the shop just moved to this new, larger location, but their previous building was sturdier (concrete block walls) and had large concrete planters between the parking lot and building.
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Here is no way a LGS could remove cylinders, etc.

First off, I own dozens, and dozens, and doooozzzzeeeennnssss of guuuunnnnssss. The amount of time it takes to just remove every gun let alone remove one item from each is a time consumer. Once a year I remove every one of them and clean them up and it is quite a chore just tearing them down minimally. It would be labor intensive.

Second, interchange the cylinders of two revolvers and it would be a problem.

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Bad guys are getting bolder, and using more extreme methods to get their hands on firearms.

If I owned a gun shop, along with other security measures, I can promise it would also have several , rather large, slightly mean, German Shepherds locked in the shop at night.
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There are a few businesses around me that have added steel posts in front of glass doors and large glass windows. One of those business is a local gun shop. Probably a combination of (attempted) burglaries and distracted drivers.
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