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compartments in vehicle illegal?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by seattlewingsfan, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. seattlewingsfan

    seattlewingsfan Lakewood, Washington, United States Member

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    Alright i was searching for something online and came accross this old article. I looked around the forums on here and didn't see the article posted, so i thought i would share and as a question.

    I have had things kind of like this in my car before. But only a few pistols and a AR. Permanent, safe lockable storage. Mine was back when I did high end stereos and was even motorized. I have never heard of it being illegal to have hidden compartments in a vehicle. This seems rediculous. I have seen things like this in a few cars here in washington too. I customize vehicles for a living, so people are always showing me cool stuff. Disclaimer "I do not remember who, so don't ask"

    Whats your opinion? Know of any laws against it? Many many years ago when I was in Michigan I know border cops found lots of weed in stereo sub boxes crossing the border, and had on the news that this was illegal. But putting marajuana anywhere in a car is pretty much illegal, medical MJ aside.
  2. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    "Possession of hidden compartments or “automotive safes,” as they are known in commercial parlance, is not illegal in most states.1 Hidden compartments are illegal in only a handful of states to include California, Illinois, and Michigan. 2 Penalties for possession of illegal traps vary from seizure of the vehicle in Illinois, to jail or prison time not to exceed 1 year in California."

    Common Vehicle Concealment Methods in the United States - Drugs

    The link on this page to the original DEA article no longer works.
  3. seattlewingsfan

    seattlewingsfan Lakewood, Washington, United States Member

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    Thanks for the info.
  4. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Since some Honda's come with concealed locking compartments they must be illegal in some states. My Honda Ody has one and it's within reach of the driver too.

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