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Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office rolls out safe firearms storage program

(Update: Correcting; no firearm registration, just a check to see if stolen)

Agency offers to store your registered firearms, free of charge

BEND, Ore (KTVZ) -- The Deschutes County Sheriffs Office launched Wednesday a firearms safe storage program that will allow residents to temporarily, safely store their weapons with the agency, for free.

Sheriff Shane Nelson told NewsChannel 21 Wednesday he is taking an idea from Colorado and implementing a voluntary storage program offered to the public, free of charge.

Right now, the program is available during the week. If you want access to your firearms, all you have to do is get in contact with the sheriff's office to make arrangements. The office is still deciding whether or not access will be provided on weekends.

They will check to make whether the firearms were reported as stolen.

Nelson said the program is for gun owners who don't have a safe place to store their weapons, or maybe don't want them so close by, perhaps due to visits by younger family members.

“Not everyone needs to be around a firearm all of the time, and this is going to provide a temporary storage solution for when people want a break for their firearms," Nelson said.

Nelson said the program is now available. The sheriff's office will also purchase more storage shelves, if they need more space.

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  1. This doesn’t seem like it serves a typical secure gun storage need. But it does seem like a viable option to “temporarily” get a gun out of the house perhaps without the consent of a spouse or partner while retaining ownership and safe storage of the firearm.

    Not an ideal scenario for responsible gun ownership but for people in bad domestic situations it might be a lot better than having no reliable options.

    1. “They will check registration for firearms and will identify whether they are stolen”. We don’t register our firearms here, you may want to change how that is written.

    1. There has been gun registration for a long time, but nobody will never admit it.
      Every time you purchase a gun and they run a background check, I will guarantee
      you that they don’t erase the serial number for the firearm that was listed on
      the background check form…
      A good example of this is if a person happens to get pulled over, and the officer
      runs the firearm to see if it is reported as stolen, it will also show if the person
      is actually the legal owner. So yes, there is registration…

      1. ROFLMAO! Over half my arsenal was purchased prior to the background check requirement or transferred to me prior to the requirement for a background check when transferring between two people/family. Some now fall under C&R status, but that doesn’t make them just as lethal as they’ve always been. Don’t forget, some C&R still don’t require an FFL to purchase or ship and that also means they don’t require a background check.

        1. A large portion of mine were also purchased way before computers, and I am the 3rd generation family member to have possession of quite a few family firearms as well…
          I was very heavily into collecting early Winchesters and Colts for quite a few years,
          and most of those don’t exist either. Fortunately for some of us, we could see the writing on the wall and we were WAY ahead of the curve lol…

  2. I don’t know why the police feel this is the time to offer such a thing. This feels a bit like gun control. You can’t even get access to your gun unless you call and make arrangements. No, thank you.

  3. Tax payers forced to finance storage of some diabetic gun kook hillbilly’s toys. Oh wait, hillbilly gun kooks are way too scared to ever store their little GI Joe toys! LOL!!!!

    1. Hey! It’s us Hillbillies that fight for this county and the American way of life! Have you not read a history book? Are you Stupid? Do you have any intelligence at all? Have you ever heard of a man named York? Sergeant York? Sergeant Alvin C. York was one of the most decorated soldiers of World War 1. He was what you would call a hillbilly. You are what I would call an imbecile.

      1. I don’t think that most pacifists pay attention to past conflicts. They were too busy buying bus tickets to Canada, and figuring out how to claim that they were a conscientious objector …
        In their minds, the past wars never really happened, and all of the stories are purely fiction…Out of sight, out of mind

        – These are the same people that think hunting is cruel, and animals shouldn’t be slaughtered, so they buy the hamburger in the stores that magically comes on a foam tray with plastic over the top… Same logic.

        1. Uh, Mennonites are pacifists and they have no problem with hunting or slaughtering livestock for food. They also have no problem with firearm ownership. Maybe re-word your statement the next time.

    2. Wow… Now you are making fun of diabetics. What a scumbag… Taxpayers shouldn’t
      have to pay to keep you in a small padded room with internet access either but
      apparently we do.

    3. Hey people, leave Unclefestered alone, his momma would not let him have a Red Ryder (the Pink one) for his 40th birthday so he is taking it out on everyone who is adult enough to have firearms. Please be kind to those less fortunate.

    4. Okay, let’s look at how stupid your assumptions are . . .

      I have 2 gun vaults, they are more than your common gun safe. I have 24×7 monitored security cameras, both interior and exterior, as well as motion and glass break sensors. Not to mention that the security system runs off 2 separate secure networks from my personal use network. Why would I need to or want to store my firearms with an LE department? BTW, I’m sure I’m not the only responsible gun owner in this position. Are we “scared”? NO! We just don’t need to rely on an LE department to secure our weapons, as we’ve already addressed their security and safety needs to be a responsible firearms owner.

      Yes, I’m a hillbilly redneck that is also a diabetic . . . but by the sounds of it, I’m much better prepared and far more intelligent than you!

  4. “…a temporary storage solution for when people want a break for their firearms” Okay, well after all this stay at home stuff I want a break for my 4-foot bong. Gonna take the four-footer down to Nelson and have him store it safely for me. Thanks, Nelson!

  5. For those firearm owners who lack a secure storage at home, this is probably a good idea. (and, despite the holier than thou owners WITH safe storage, there is a need for this option.) ((Oh, and, let’s not forget the prepper-types who fear LE will get to identify their unregistered firearms if they opt in to this))

    1. And then there are those that served in the military and remember what it was like trying to check your personal firearms out of the arms room for any reason. Yeah . . . No thank you!

  6. A smart and potentially life-saving program and one the folks in Colorado explored carefully as, in part, an alternative to “Red Flag” laws. Kudos to Sheriff Nelson for making this happen.

    “Why do gun owners sometimes store firearms away from the home?

    “They are travelling out of state and want to keep firearms secure while they are away

    “A teenager in the home is in crisis and at risk for suicide

    “The grandkids are visiting for a week

    “A couple is divorcing and arguments are getting heated

    “A family member is experiencing mental health or substance use concerns
    The homeowner is listing the home for sale and wants firearms to be secure while showings occur”

    And, with immediate access to a firearm being the primary means of suicide in our trans-generational Veteran population – such a program can save a life.

    1. Explain your thinking to the Veteran’s family, after his firearms are taken away and he finds another way to commit suicide . . . simply because his right to keep his firearms were taken away.

  7. Are you required to submit to a background check every time you want to take a firearm out of “their” safe?

    What prevents one’s spouse from sneaking the firearms out of house if they are mad or upset with their spouse?

    1. Probably not a bad idea to do a background check to make sure nothing disqualifying happened between drop-off and pick-up.
      If a spouse takes their significant other’s guns due to an argument, that’s probably for the best. A responsible gun owner shouldn’t be seen as a danger when emotions flare.

      1. A spouse “taking” the firearms has been the start of a lot of arguments and a few divorces as well. The spouse taking them to the Sheriff based on your statement, “due to an argument” is enough of a “Red Flag” issue that the cops will more than likely keep them as a safety measure.

  8. Just another way to gather guns from law biding citizens. If we don’t have our guns in our possession then we can’t argue with them when they come for our guns. Because we voluntarily handed them over as part of this BS program.
    I don’t think so Tim!!!
    I believe I will just go ahead and store my own weapons of self protection thank you very much.
    Nice try though!!!!
    Good effort on you behalf though!!!

  9. Since this is optional, no one is making you use this offered service. For those who are experiencing one of the issues listed by CardiacSpike and who do not suffer from your obvious paranoia, this is a good so!ution. Good effort Sheriff Nelson!

  10. I am really suspect of the sudden reasoning behind this, but if there are gun owners who
    think that this is a good option for themselves for whatever reason, that is their business, not mine. Much the same as my guns staying in my house is my business, and absolutely no one elses business…

    -The kind of people who would use this service are probably people who very rarely, if ever, shoot the guns they own, do not carry a concealed handgun, and probably wouldn’t use the gun for self defense in their home even if they did have it.

    -There is absolutely no way I would do it, because I have no need. Even if I did feel a need for some reason, I would take them to a trusted friend… I’m not going to give absolute control of my firearms to any L.E agency or any other Gov’t agency for that matter.

  11. Hmm, state lock down , now voluntary gun storage, is this 1930s Germany?
    Its very hard to stand up against a tyrannical government when you have let them “store” your weapons. Don’t think ill be doing this. If nothing else how do i know some jerk handling my rifle will not tear it up?

  12. Do it. Don’t do it. No one is forcing you. Personally, I’d like to be able to leave town and not worry about someone with all the time in the world drilling my safe. Nope. Don’t have one. Or do I? See, with my conservative neighbors, I know what to expect. With us liberals, come on! It’s a guessing game! How many of my ilk have you scared into firearm ownership? How many of those have actually fired their weapon? How about y’all be around when they do.

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