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    I'm thinking of putting a small safe in the trunk of my car. I was going to only use it for handguns back and forth to the range.

    A lot of times I like to bring more than one with me to the range and a safe would allow me to stop at different places like stores and resturants knowing they were secure.

    I don't think I would have to lag it down, the safe in it's own right should meet all laws if I disable the automatic trunk release in the passenger part of the car, using the valet switch.

    Would I be complying with all laws in transporting firearms in this manner.

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    A safe may be lawfully used for firearms storage in a vehicle in Massachusetts so long as the guns are unloaded and the safe is properly locked.

    There is no requirement that the safe be bolted to the vehicle's trunk.
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    If you do 'lag it down', watch out for the gas tank!
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    I was also thnking that no one could make me open it with out a warrent. It's a real safe so I can't drill through it.

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    Is that true? A warrent is needed to open a safe which is in the trunk. I would like to know the answer to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs100 View Post
    I was also thnking that no one could make me open it with out a warrent. It's a real safe so I can't drill through it.
    Well, maybe you can't drill through it, but a locksmith certainly knows how
    to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeeze View Post
    Is that true? A warrent is needed to open a safe which is in the trunk. I would like to know the answer to that.
    Well, theres this little thing called the 4th amendment. They'd
    have to get consent to search (from the owner, assuming
    the PD is non corrupt). If they're corrupt, or they get a court order/warrant,
    they're just going to do whatever they want anyways, safe or no safe.
    I believe theres also an end-around that lets them do whatever they want if
    they have "reasonable suspicion" or something to that effect. Some of the
    resident lawyers can clarify. It's very complicated WRT "Terry" stops and the like.

    I don't really know if the safe changes anything. About the only thing
    it might help with, is if the LEO is dirty, without you divulging the combination
    he's likely going to have to get external assistance to open it, which means
    that now, more people will become involved.

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    The way I look at is a police officer has no reason to search my car, trunk or any thing else.

    I don't drink, smoke pot, sell crack or do heroin. My car is brand new, inspected, registered, clean with no beer bottles rattling around or roaches in the ash tray.

    I'm polite and respectfull and my license is valid. In short I'm a boring old guy. But I won't put up with any one violating my rights.

    If some one wants to search my car their going to have to work for it.

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    I was also thnking that no one could make me open it with out a warrent. It's a real safe so I can't drill through it.

    If the Police have probable cause to search your vehicle,then they can search the entire vehicle and all its contents. I believe its called the caroll doctrine /Mv exception. Provided the vehicle is on a public way.

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