Thursday, August 28, 2014

Being Careful...

So, over this past weekend we took the kids to the amusement park. I've mentioned this before. I put this picture up on Facebook earlier, when I came across it, but wanted to mention it again for emphasis:


That's a single .22 LR round, placed next to the medicine bag in which it was found. No, I have no idea how it got in there. The medicine bag here is the giant, "all-family, all-week" bag - this is the one we take when we're all going away for more than a couple days. It's not the single bag I take when I'm flying on business or the medium bag I bring when TheBoy and I go camping.

Point is, this isn't a bag that might have ended up inside a range bag, or inside a large bag that also had a range bag in it. This is a stand alone bag, one that's kept ready and rotating in an area nowhere near ammunition storage. I could understand if the small bag had a round in it; that one has made several trips for blogshoots and such.

I can't stress the importance of checking your gear whenever traveling for just this reason. I have no reason whatsoever to expect that there would be a loose round of ammunition in this medicine bag, yet here it was. Had I been flying, this could have gotten quite ugly. Heck, had I stopped in New Jersey, New York, or Massachusetts, where a permit is required to possess ammunition, it could have resulted in charges.

If you're a gunnie, check your gear, then check it again...

That is all.

20 comments:

Phil L. said...

Thanks for an important reminder!

Glenn B said...

I knew two cops who went down to a Caribbean Island for a trial of a drug trafficker down there. On there way back, a few shell casings were found in one's luggage. They were detained for hours, and after lots of political wrangling were permitted to depart on another flight after paying a fine. That was pre-911 and those things were not found when they departed NY on their outbound flight but had they been, they would have just been thrown in the trash at that time.

You don't need a permit to possess ammo in NYS (not sure about NYC).

All the best,
GB

David aka True Blue Sam said...

All family members in Illinois who drive the family car need to have the Illinois FOID card. One bullet in the car will cause you to be arrested if you don't have a card. In some jurisdictions a wife, son, or daughter could be proned out on the shoulder while the family car is trashed.

Armed Texan said...

This is the exact reason that I avoid MA as much as possible despite living near the border. I only go there when I am forced to by Boy Scouts or to pick up/drop off people at BOS. And yes, I have found stray rounds in my truck before; and no I do not possess a MA LTC, yet.

Old NFO said...

Yep, excellent point!!!

.45ACP+P said...

What is that scent in the air? IT.....IT smells like FREEDOM!!!!
Aren't you glad you live in Virginia now? The message is still valid, though. Lord, the loose brass rolling around my vehicle would cause appoplexy in many states.

Anonymous said...

When flying a literally take my backpack and shake it out to make sure nothing is in it. Every time I'm surprised to find something lurking in the bottom. Three nail clippers, a missing pocket knife and the letherman I'm always misplacing are just some of the recent discoveries.

Anonymous said...

I call shennanigans.

I don't believe you HAVE and .22LR and neither has anyone else been able to find it either.

:)


Joseph in IL

Bubblehead Les. said...

Oh, you found my .22lr! Thought I left it at the Blogshoot.

Hey, what'd you do with the other 499 rounds, huh?

If the check for $125.00 isn't in my hand by next week....

; )

Geodkyt said...

Heh. I used to keep a short belt of 7.62x51mm wrapped around the stickshift of my car, when I was younger and dumber.

Not even the MPs really cared, though. :D

libertyman said...

That would make you a felon in Massachusetts.

Armed Texan, let us know how you make out getting a Massachusetts license, as it is virtually impossible as an out-of-stater.

$100.00 a year, plus you have to appear in person in Chelsea. Every frickin' year.

Anonymous said...

I got my mass non resident permit this year after moving just across the border to NH.

3 weeks to get a reply with interview date.
4 month wait for interview
Only 2 months until permit came in the mail.

I'm still a member at a club in mass and was covering range duty during the wait. I set up a second range bag so I wouldn't accidentally bring something into mass.

libertyman said...

Anonymous @8:17PM

And a trip to Chelsea, where you were treated warmly, I am sure.

A day's pay lost to the trip, no doubt.

Anonymous said...

You meet with a state police "representative" not an actual officer. The guy I met with was nice. He entered all the paperwork for the supervisor to actually approve.

Was asked to submit an additional letter on why I wanted a permit to carry. Since I had already had a class A liscense they gave me another A unrestriced.

Still until I got it I had to be careful ammo, empty mag or even pepper spray could get you into a lot of trouble.


Geodkyt said...

libertyman --

At the time, I could not fathom a state of teh Union where mere possession of small arms ammunition by an adult would be illegal.

I was more worried getting busted by the MPs for possession of the links (which is why I kept the reciept in my glove box with my car registration, to prove I didn't swipe them from the range).

Robert said...

Add DC to the list of places that'll get you in trouble. And you're a LOT closer to that than the others now.

I went over everything in my car before my family's recent trip to east PA. Even so, I was not going to risk driving just a few miles from where we were into New Jersey.

Anonymous said...

Jay,

It seems that a bag dump (with posted pictures) is in order to see what else you have in there.

DO

Murphy's Law said...

I have dual-purpose bags that routinely fail the "swab for explosives" test when I travel with them because I have used them as range bags and thrown tons of empty range brass into them. I have since stopped using them for airline carry-on because one almost made me miss a flight once.

Robert said...

David aka TBS: I was under the impression that it was ok for a not-otherwise-prohibited person to have a gun in the car in IL provided the weapon is: unloaded, locked inside a case, inaccessable to the occupants, and stored separately from any also-inaccessable ammo. I could be wrong. I hope not as that is what I, er, I mean a friend, has been doing when he leaves Wisconsin (constitutional carry- yay!)to visit his mother.

ProudHillbilly said...

Empty brass from a day at the range wanders around my SUV. I just keep hoping it doesn't wander out during a traffic stop in Maryland.