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I think it's pretty safe to say that Lubbock and most of our region is pro-gun. Many of us gladly take on the responsibility of gun ownership and I can say "us" because I too love guns and love the 2nd Amendment. I think it is wonderful that we live in a nation where it is our right to protect ourselves, not just from a stranger meaning to do us harm but from a tyrannical government.

Having said that, I feel like I need to ask something of many gun owners in Lubbock, and it's not all gun owners or even most. I think it's a small amount, but still too many.

Please stop leaving your firearms in your vehicles overnight. It has to stop. Be responsible for that firearm and either bring it in the house or worse case scenario, buy a gun safe for your vehicle that will bolt onto the floor or in the trunk.

I bring this up after someone (I'll keep them anonymous) posted on the Nextdoor App about a neighbor's truck being broken into. Most of the time the Nextdoor App seems to be full of missing dogs and "where those gun shots?" type of posts. Not this one posted over the weekend.

Nextdoor App

Hopefully, Lubbock Police will find whoever broke into the person's truck, but they may not. Which now means a gun is out there being passed around or bought and sold and it could be used against an innocent person in Lubbock or elsewhere.

I get it, some people work overnight shifts. If that's you and you can't take your gun in, don't just leave it under a seat. Lock it up in a safe that is attached to your vehicle. Got too much stuff in the garage or your truck won't fit? You have to remember to take your gun inside.

And this isn't the first time a firearm has been stolen from a vehicle. Last year KAMC reported more than 830 guns had been stolen out of vehicles since 2017 according to the Lubbock Police Department. One can only assume that number is much higher.

Thieves are looking for guns and with so many people parking outside these days, vehicles are obviously easy targets.

Part of being a responsible gun owner is knowing where that weapon is at all times. That means bringing it inside at night. If you work overnight, get a safe. Do what you can to cut down on crime here in Lubbock and elsewhere.

Later this week on The Chad Hasty Show, we will visit with Sky Stracener of SS Outfitters and talk gun safes for your vehicle.