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    Well If I attend ODU this fall I will need to store my pistol somewhere so I can go to the range a lot. I called the ODU police department and they do NOT offer a program where I can check in an unloaded firearm in a case with them. That is a big disappointment because now I will need to find somewhere off campus to store my firearm. I called Bob's gun shop as I would most likely be shooting there a lot. The guy at the range told me the whole time he has worked there he has never seen an open gun locker! He said when people get them they keep them for life! Well so I'm screwed on that idea. Where could I store my firearm. I was pretty pissed that the police department doesn't allow people to check in firearms there.

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    This is a problem that a lot of college students face. It's not just with firearms, but also paintball guns, swords, and all sorts of stuff. My best sugestions would be to keep it at home to start out, then make friends down there. Hopefully one of your friends will have a house or apartment down there, and might let you store it there.

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    If I live off campus for sure I will have it with me and maybe even a 12ga. But if I'm on campus I guess I will have to make friends with people off campus first and keep them both in a pelican case that is locked. We will see what happens I still have yet to hear from VT, which is my #1 choice. I believe that down there I can store my firearms at the police dept. We will see what happens with housing and then I can go from there i guess. I wonder if storage places have small lockers that are really cheap? We will see i guess

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    CRF250rider1000 wrote:
    Well If I attend ODU this fall I will need to store my pistol somewhere so I can go to the range a lot. I called the ODU police department and they do NOT offer a program where I can check in an unloaded firearm in a case with them. That is a big disappointment because now I will need to find somewhere off campus to store my firearm. I called Bob's gun shop as I would most likely be shooting there a lot. The guy at the range told me the whole time he has worked there he has never seen an open gun locker! He said when people get them they keep them for life! Well so I'm screwed on that idea. Where could I store my firearm. I was pretty pissed that the police department doesn't allow people to check in firearms there.
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    I've dealt with this for two years now.
    It's a major reason why I'll be living off campus next semester.

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    http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/housin...bitedItems.pdf

    Not only do they prohibit lofts and bed platforms for fire reasons... you can't even have dangerous chemicals...

    Believe it or not, I had a full size Tag Team Wrestling arcadegame in my room my sophmore year... You should have seen me and 3 of my Fraternity Brothers hauling that thing up the stairs to the 3rd floor of Roger's Hall... It fit into the closet... I also had a love seat in my room... Yeah, I had my own room that year....


    I went looking on ODU's website for info on their Police Dept and couldn't find anything except stories about how one officer takes time out to visit with neighborhood kids and another story about how the Department is the only one of it's kind in the state... something about them being a real department...

    Funny thing is, on the interactive campus map, the building that was the safety center (corner of 49th and Hampton) is now called the Alumni Center, and there is no safety center on the map... Unless tehy've moved into a building in one of the garages... I know the parking office did that back in the 90's when they were building all the garages...

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    I have the same problem. I work at Ft Story and can not bring a weapon on post in my car.

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    Get a safety deposit box at a bank either near campus or the range you plan on using. It's not the most convenient but you won't risk getting expelled. Next year get an off campus apartment.

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    tapper95 wrote:
    http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/housin...bitedItems.pdf

    Not only do they prohibit lofts and bed platforms for fire reasons... you can't even have dangerous chemicals...

    Believe it or not, I had a full size Tag Team Wrestling arcadegame in my room my sophmore year... You should have seen me and 3 of my Fraternity Brothers hauling that thing up the stairs to the 3rd floor of Roger's Hall... It fit into the closet... I also had a love seat in my room... Yeah, I had my own room that year....


    I went looking on ODU's website for info on their Police Dept and couldn't find anything except stories about how one officer takes time out to visit with neighborhood kids and another story about how the Department is the only one of it's kind in the state... something about them being a real department...

    Funny thing is, on the interactive campus map, the building that was the safety center (corner of 49th and Hampton) is now called the Alumni Center, and there is no safety center on the map... Unless tehy've moved into a building in one of the garages... I know the parking office did that back in the 90's when they were building all the garages...
    No lofts! That is going to be a changeThat clears up a lot of space for sure in a dorm room.

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    I have the same issue at my school (GMU). I'm just finishing my first year here, living in an on-campus dorm. Next semester I'm just going to commute. First, because GMU doesn't allow ANY guns from students (at least Virginia Tech has lockers you can store them in at their police station). Besides that I'm just tired of the "dorm" life and would rather just deal with the horrible commute and parking situation.

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    Yea I have been at MSU all year and it has been tough not having my truck and all. Next year I will be going to either VT or ODU. GMU is just too close to home for mePlus they do not offer Mechanical Engineering.

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    I had a similar problem when I was in the Marines. My solution, an indoor storage unit with 24 hour access.

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    vt357 wrote:
    Get a safety deposit box at a bank either near campus or the range you plan on using. It's not the most convenient but you won't risk getting expelled. Next year get an off campus apartment.
    So spoiled here in NV. A Safety Deposit Box Vault company opened JUST before Patriot Act took effect, and boxes are handed out with no ID, no SSN, no signature, cash only. The owner advertises and brags about the fact that no LE agency ever "broke in" with a warrant.

    I dream about storing a few backup guns there just in case the SHTF and govt comes around to confiscate. Of course, that's probably silly, because if SHTF and martial law is in effect, to hell with search warrants anyway.

    And to OP, being killed is worse than being expelled. Keep one close at all times! But don't be obvious about it or even talk about it to anyone. Deep conceal sucks sometimes but suck it up. Good luck to any college who expels the guy who helps stop the next VT. Legal or not, I bet most of your classmates are armed.

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    If you go the Safe Deposit Box route, check VCDL.orghttp://www.vcdl.org/static/gue.html for a list of gun-owner unfriendly banks... Supposedly they don't look over your shoulder when you're going into your box, but why give your money to a business that wants to outlaw all Baretta 92f's?



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    vt357 wrote: And to OP, being killed is worse than being expelled. Keep one close at all times! But don't be obvious about it or even talk about it to anyone. Deep conceal sucks sometimes but suck it up. Good luck to any college who expels the guy who helps stop the next VT. Legal or not, I bet most of your classmates are armed.
    Highly doubtful. Only about 2-3% of the general population CC. Even tripling or quadrupling that to cover OC and illegal CC it is less than 12%. Of those (based on estimates by extrapolating from available data) less than 25% are college age, and probably much less than 25%. But let's figure high again and just call it 25%. Now, that means that at most 1/4 of 12% or about 3% MAX of classmates are likely to be armed.

    I think realistically that only about 5% of the population in permissive carry/licensure state carry a firearm in any manner. I'd think that the 18-24 year old "college age" group probably makes up less than 10% of that demographic. So maybe .5% of 18-24 year olds carry. Assuming that all of them go to college, what percentage is going to risk the consequences of carrying on campus. Certainly a low percentage, say 20% or less? That puts us at .1% of the students armed. Out of ODU's 20,800 students that means somewhere between 20 and 110 students campus wide carry a firearm, legal or not. Not most by far.

    (Ok so that is long for no real purpose but it was a good intellectual distraction/break for me at the office.)
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    There is no way in hell I am going to carry a firearm illegally concealed for one and secondly against campus regulations. There is no reason for it because getting caught just isn't worth it. Yes the system sucks right now, but I'm a law abiding citizen, so I will just have to wait until I am allowed to CC legally and also for campuses to allow CC on campus.
    The only thing I carry is a small kershaw pocket knife(under 3" blade as per college and high school regulation).

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    I go to ODU and keep all my weapons in my buddies safe. Also, if you're interested, I can get you locker for storage on Camp Allen. But in both cases you'll need me to get your firearm. Nonetheless, it's an alternative. I keep records of all firearms (as should everyone else) that's in my possesion and like I tell my other friends that leave thier weapons with me, I'll be running the gun to make sure it wasn't used in a crime. There's no way I'll be storing a firearm if it's been used in a crime if the owner knowingly knows it or not lol

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    CRF250rider1000 wrote:
    There is no way in hell I am going to carry a firearm illegally concealed for one and secondly against campus regulations. There is no reason for it because getting caught just isn't worth it. Yes the system sucks right now, but I'm a law abiding citizen, so I will just have to wait until I am allowed to CC legally and also for campuses to allow CC on campus.
    The only thing I carry is a small kershaw pocket knife(under 3" blade as per college and high school regulation).
    Right now while I'm on campus I carry a 3-1/4" Buck knife, but after this semester I'm going to upgrade to a bigger blade since I won't be limited to 4" due to the dorm rules. I'll be commuting next year so I'll only need to worry about Virginia's knife laws (anyone care to fill me in there? )

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    I dont know what idiot you talked to at Bobs but they didnt know what they are talking about. Call back ask for Steve or TJ. I know for a fact that they will store your firearm. When i thought i was going to be moving to spain this topic came up. TJ is the one that told me they do store firearms for a monthy fee. Hope this helps.

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    I will look further into it if I do in fact attend ODU in the fall. I will probably go over to Bob's in person when I go down there the first time and I will try to set something up with them. You guys have been a great help!

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    CRF250rider1000 wrote:
    There is no way in hell I am going to carry a firearm illegally concealed for one and secondly against campus regulations. There is no reason for it because getting caught just isn't worth it. Yes the system sucks right now, but I'm a law abiding citizen, so I will just have to wait until I am allowed to CC legally and also for campuses to allow CC on campus.
    The only thing I carry is a small kershaw pocket knife(under 3" blade as per college and high school regulation).

    This post reminded me of something Jeff Knox, of The Firearms Coalition, said at the VCDL meeting last night - semantics are important. We should not be asking schools to allow something; we should be demanding they stop disarming students. We are not always as careful with our words as we could be.

    You are allowed to CC legally if you are over 21 and have a permit. You are not permitted to carry under school policies; there's the difference.

    I fully understand you are not willing to accept the consequences of knowingly violating school policy, and I would not presume to argue with your thoughtful decision. I would, however, remind you carrying on ODU grounds is not illegal for any student, faculty member, staff member, or citizen. It is simply against their disciplinary policy.
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    For me(19) it is illegal for me to CC anyways so it is not like I would just be breaking university laws.

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    Who said anything about not storing guns at Bob's? If I read it right, he said there was no room, meaning all the lockers are called for?

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    I dont know what idiot you talked to at Bobs but they didnt know what they are talking about. Call back ask for Steve or TJ. I know for a fact that they will store your firearm. When i thought i was going to be moving to spain this topic came up. TJ is the one that told me they do store firearms for a monthy fee. Hope this helps.

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    The guy said he had never seen a locker open up the whole time he had worked there. He said that there was also a long waiting list to get a locker.

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    Thats what i got from your post lol

    CRF250rider1000 wrote:
    The guy said he had never seen a locker open up the whole time he had worked there. He said that there was also a long waiting list to get a locker.

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