I'm Still Shaking My Head...What Are Some Folks Thinking??

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This is the 2nd time this has happened in 12 years. DH goes to freshen the bed on a stayover. Under the pillow is a gun! The clip was out and next to it, but still, what the hell are they thinking!?!?!?!?!?!

We live in a state where the majority of people who don't live in large urban areas own guns. My views on gun control have changed drastically since I was a 'city slicker', but really, take the bloody thing with you when you leave the room!

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If an individual has a concealed handgun permit in Texas, they are allowed to have a handgun on their person, in their car or in their room as long as it is not in plain view.  The circumstance you described does not, I believe, fall under the guidelines of a concealed handgun permit, especially if the guest is not present. This is improper gun storage, not concealment.

If you feel uncomfortable with this situation, you should call local law enforcement for guidance.  This is probably illegal not to mention a potential accident waiting to happen.  What if the clip had not been removed and safety was off?  That would be a fluff to remember.

I was the poster who reported the handgun on the bedside table.  This was a breech of the concealed handgun permit and I would have been within my rights to call the sheriff.

This and another instance prompted us to add the following to our policy statement:

Concealed Handguns
We respect the right of individuals to carry concealed handguns with a legal permit. We request that anyone exercising this right keep their weapon concealed at all times. Improper display or discharge of any concealed weapon on XYZ Bed and Breakfast property will be reported to the County Sheriff's Department. If you are asked to leave, you will forfeit the remainder of your reservation.

 

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I also posted quite awhile ago that before I opened the B&B about the renter we had in our second house who revealed that he had guns for hunting and a handgun before we rented to him.  We were very explicit about the rules in our State about gun safety and he was very proud of all the training, etc. that he had in TX and promised to follow all of the gun safety laws.  I discovered his loaded Glock just tossed on the bed when I went over for the scheduled weekly cleaning.  My husband had a serious talk with him at which point this gentleman said that he slept with the loaded gun under his pillow at night because he did not feel safe in the house.  What if we had to go over at night and notify him of some local safety issue or serious storm event (which we get here)?  Even after the talk, I went over again for a scheduled cleaning to discover the gun was out in the open with the loaded clip beside it while he was at work.  If he was so afraid of someone breaking in, why didn't he fear that someone would break in and steal his weapon? 

We told him that if that if he didn't feel safe here, it was time for him to move out, which thankfully he did. 

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Fire Arms are not a part of our culture here, although DH keeps a rifle securely locked up in case the woodchucks get into our fenced-veggie garden.  Hand guns are rarely kept by anyone but the police.  There are horror stories every now and then about a visitor staying in a hotel who is shot while playing kinky games, and other incidents where a jealous mate on vacation shoots his/her partner after a night of partying.  

Finding a gun in our B+B would totally freak me out!

 

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Totally off cuff comment, I would rather find a gun than other things we have found in guest rooms. Jus' sayin'...

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BD, I hear you!!!  Some of you know at least one of my stories (I recall posting here) where a gun was left out on the night stand.  It was not only seeing the gun left in plain view but knowing THAT individual had a gun freaked me even more.   The other gun was on the top shelf in the closet as I was stacking the extra pillows.   

The 2nd guy saw I had cleaned the room & knew it had been left, he came down and apologized for leaving it.  He said he had forgotten to take it out of his truck before they left to come here and felt it was safer leaving it here than in his vehicle in the big city....  I agreed with him.  It was a hunting style riffle.  

The 1st one was a hand gun and he never said a word about it. 

Leaving the political issue aside, if someone has a gun they should keep it on them or leave it home.  It has no business being left ANY place without being with its owner or in a secure locked safe.  Would either of these people left their guns in a hotel room?  Indeed not!  While I am glad they feel comfortable here, this is one time I wish they would think of my place as a hotel room!

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We just had a Repo man check out. She told me "he works nights" in conversation, I never asked. A real nice couple, but would not want to be on his repo-side any time soon. I can imagine he would do something similar. Not leave it there, though. 

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Did you Google the guest?

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No, did not Google. He's a brother of a long time repeat guest. Seems very nice, but I just want to slap him up the side of the head. I'll probably google him after he leaves. I don't want to know any more at this point. LOL

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I agree with Maddie. I have been around them allmylife and know how to use them. Found rwo in a drawer one time in my single days - a boyfriend had left them there. I pitched a fit! Not because they were there, but because I did not know therey were there AND I did not know how to use either of them - one had a clip and one was a derringer.

IF you take on one vacation, take it with you when you go out. It does not belong under a pillow or in a drawer anywhere other than your own home - and THAT is a stupid practice!!

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DH's ex used to work in hospitality and she had some horror stories about what was left behind AFTER check-out along the lines of 'self-defense' items.

We've not found any arms while doing cleaning here. Hope to keep it that way. Have been around guns all my life, even as a city slicker. They don't bother me but they need, like dogs, to be under their owner's control at all times.

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Found a whacking big knife under a pillow here after a check out.  I didn't call them, and they never called us.  Shocked me.  I think it was more to impress the other half.   Sure didn't impress me.

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Wow... but here they wouldn't be allowed to carry it, even if they had a permit. ATC (Authorized to Carry permits are almost non-existant.)

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