What ever happened to gun racks in pickup trucks?

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Preach it. Back in the day I'd baja an OLD Ford Festiva all over. Front wheel drive, light as a feather and the whole bottom was like a sled, it'd skim right over sagebrush and such that'd stop a jacked 4x4.. and it cost $300.
Heck yea, my bone stock unmodified 1999 Ford Escort doing the same out by Christmas Valley a few summers ago, its just more fun in a car. Ive got a rifle rack mounted to my shopping cart roof rack but its holding a shovel and a Pulaski. Got the cart off of highway 99 after a car hit it.

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Excessive property crime rates coupled with Karens make one pretty unwilling to display such things. I do a whole lot to not look like I have guns in my house or in my vehicle. The "right" bumper stickers help. I'm quite sure if I drove around with a rifle rack in downtown Eugene, I'd either come back to broken windows or have LEO contact me shortly, investigating brandishing. Just not worth it
 
while I don't have a rear window rack, I do intend to make an 'above the front seats' rack for the Prius. I'll be able to easily store a compact AR variant up there. Due to the height of the car, nobody would ever see it unless you knelt down and looked up but then the tinted windows blocks most of that view. Completely stealth.

When completed, should hold two rifles or possibly one shotgun and one AR pistol. That is a winter project.
I’m getting one of these for the Jeep Wrangler.... spreads across and braces up in the roll bars.

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I grew up in a small state capitol (Springfield, Il). A little over 60K population then, 60-70's and plenty of farmland outside the city limits. Most trucks had gun racks and it was not uncommon to see younger kids (teens) carrying 12/20ga and .22lr to go hunting walking on the road in the farming areas. There were keg parties most weekends with bon fires. For the most part everybody seemed to be responsible. I went in the Navy in 1980. Came back from overseas in 1993 and everything was changing. Seattle and most cities were friendly, drivers drove nice. Cost of living was cheap. I've seen everything change in Washington State. Anti-Gun, expensive to live, and no one drives friendly anymore. So much I'm moving at the first of the year. Getting out while the getting is good. Arizona bound. See you later Washington. I've loved it here in the beginning. No longer.
 

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General degradation of honorable/moral society. You cant leave that stuff in plain sight and expect it to be there when you come back.

If they legalized shooting thieves - it wouldn’t be nearly an issue.
They legalized it in Washington state....there have been several famous cases and in all/most of them the prosecutors declined on them. Can't get juries to convict.

Why not gun racks? My buddy in Seattle says homeless people and your regular thieves sometimes break out car windows just to steal the butts from your ashtray. Unfortunately, these days putting a rifle in plain sight in your vehicle is just an invitation to thievery. And a flag for the cops in some cases.
 
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They legalized it in Washington state....there have been several famous cases and in all/most of them the prosecutors declined on them. Can't get juries to convict.

Why not gun racks? My buddy in Seattle says homeless people and your regular thieves sometimes break out car windows just to steal the butts from your ashtray. Unfortunately, these days putting a rifle in plain sight in your vehicle is just an invitation to thievery. And a flag for the cops in some cases.
Can you cite some cases because as far as I am aware - use of deadly force in Washington state is not legally protected except for the defense of people from serious bodily harm, or to prevent felony acts from proceeding.
 

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in high school is was quite common to see gun racks in pickup trucks and guys would go hunting after school. It was no big deal and no one broke into their pickup trucks and stole their guns either. I grew up in Sacramento and there were huge amounts of grass lands all around the neighbor hood back in the day. Not anymore.

Even some my friends dads would have rifles and shotguns stored is gun cabinets. They we’re locked but you could break the glass and have easy access to them if you wanted. But back in the day there were very robberies and my generation and older people were taught manners. Mr, Mrs. Miss, etc was how we address the parents and teachers.
 

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I’m getting one of these for the Jeep Wrangler.... spreads across and braces up in the roll bars.

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I was thinking about one of these pre-made, I'd need to flatten out the 'roll bar' C but that wouldn't be too hard to do so I could properly mount/secure. I'm curious of the depth and how far it hangs down. I sit low and back in the car anyway, behind the B-pillar so I don't think this would be an issue in my head clearance.
 

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