‘You might be letting people know you’re a gun owner but it might be the wrong people…’
(John Wynne, Liberty Headlines) Thieves in the Huntersville, North Carolina area near Charlotte are targeting cars with bumper stickers that indicate support for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other indicators of pro-gun ideology, according to a report from local TV station WBTV.
It’s not that the thieves are against gun rights. Far from it.
Instead, they see the bumper stickers as a signal that the car might have guns inside.
In many cases, they’re right.
Which is why gun store owner Larry Hyatt is now warning his customers not to put any gun decals on their cars.
“You might be letting people know you’re a gun owner but it might be the wrong people,” he said.
It’s happening at restaurants, in movie theaters, and neighborhoods.
“They’re pretty foxy,” said Hyatt. “They’ll figure it out.”
They also happen at sporting events, which might prove troublesome for visitors to the area because this weekend Charlotte hosts the Coca-Cola 600, which should see plenty of fans coming from all over the region.
“They’re used to their rural lifestyle,” Hyatt explained. “They got their NRA sticker on, they got their gun locked up in the truck, come out … their truck’s broken into, their gun’s gone.”
Lieutenant Jason Cousar, who says that the thieves will look for “any type of gun sticker” including hunting stickers, says that officers will be watching closely over the weekend.
“I don’t want to see the wrong people get their hands on guns and potentially harm an innocent person,” he said.
Who are most at risk of being a victim of these thieves?
People who don’t have gun vaults for their car – or those who just choose to keep their car doors unlocked.
Read the story from WBTV here.