Airport Gun Thefts Show Government Has No ‘Answers’ Outside of Total Disarmament

Rate of Airline Passengers Caught With Firearms Doubles in 2020
And if airport administrators are heeded, you’ll traverse those roads unarmed. iStock # 477607536

U.S.A. – -( “Of course, you can’t take a gun through an airport checkpoint and we’ve found reports of thieves stealing guns that travelers leave in their cars,” Fox 8 News documents. “Cleveland Police reports show, twice in the last week, thieves have stolen guns from cars in the main parking garage at Hopkins Airport… The travelers say they locked their cars with their guns inside, yet they came back to find they’d been ripped off.”

There have also apparently been 13 cars stolen in just the first quarter of this year, leading to the natural questions of “Why?” and “How”? Isn’t there any security? Aren’t there any cameras? Don’t you need a ticket to get out?

The answer is “Yes” in all three cases, which leads to some interesting considerations to speculate about. Not to cast unfounded aspersions, but with headlines like “8 TSA Workers, 1 Pilot Arrested In Parking-Pass Scandal At DFW Airport,” “Ex-airport worker charged in parking fee thefts,” “OIA parking worker arrested after skimming credit cards,” and “30 Airport Parking Workers Seized in Embezzlement Case,” is it really out of line to wonder if investigators have considered at least the possibility of an inside job?

“Oddly, in the stolen gun reports we reviewed, all of the victims said they had left their cars locked, but police did not find any signs of broken glass or forced entry,” the Fox 8 News report concludes. It’s hardly odd if one considers that thieves don’t want to attract undue attention and there are easier, quieter, and less destructive and immediately discoverable ways to open locked cars, such as DIY “80% ghost slim jims” (shown here “for educational purposes only”).

For its part, Cleveland Hopkins  has turned to its professional wordsmiths to come up with a statement that pledges a totally noncommittal “commitment,” admits no liability, and without coming right out and saying so, tells travelers they need to make the trip to and from the airport unarmed:

“At Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, we are committed to providing the highest level of safety and security for our guests … To help prevent this from happening in any of our parking areas, we encourage visitors and travelers who intend to park their vehicle to remove any valuable or personal items prior to leaving for the airport.”

So, who cares if you have to pass through all kinds of unfamiliar places at all hours? It’s not like tires ever go flat or the “Check Engine” light ever comes on, and carjackings only happen on the news. To other people. At Cleveland Hopkins

And speaking of parking garages

Washing their hands of it and avoiding responsibility is an easy call for airport administrators to make, and it’s not like they have a legally binding duty to protect those rendered defenseless by mandates. Besides, as the violence monopolists constantly tell anyone they can get to listen, defensive gun uses rarely happen to the point of being negligible.

That is unless they’re lying to us about that, too…

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Where possible, I travel with a carry weapon. I have found the procedure to transport a carry weapon in a checked bag to be straight forward. For times when my carry gun must be left in my car, I use a lock box with built-in cable. Not theft proof of course, but an additional layer of theft resistance.


In recent years, too many new cars have no means of securing the trunk. The trunk can be easily opened by the lever near the driver, or the trunk can be accessed through the rear seat. Unless you drive a car with separate locking mechanisms (like some Toyotas equipped with valet switches and keys), a trip to an auto locksmith is in order, if you want to feel confident that your trunk’s contents can be secured.


In an armed society, all weapons holders must be responsible for their weapons. You can not have third parties do that because it never works. If the weapons holders cause negligent discharges to happen, then they should serve time. Over years this will result in only responsible people carrying weapons. With responsible people carrying weapons, they may wear them on board automobiles, trains, planes, and ships as well as in public – to include court houses and police stations. Do just as I have said here, and crime will go way down as well as individual harassment being eliminated, and… Read more »

Wild Bill

I think that is rather harsh and overly broad. Rules, regulations, and statutes that are overly harsh and broad only serve to make the lawyers wealthy.


Quite to the contrary, all of these rules, regulations, and statutes have been in place for a long time and they apply to all behavior that results in personal harm to another, no matter what the tool used. Irresponsible weapons use can be handled with that law. All specific weapons use laws would go away, such as the ones for TSA areas and airplanes and gun free zones.


Wild Bill

If the weapons holders cause negligent discharges to happen, then they should serve time.” is overly broad and overly harsh.
There are many circumstances where that would not be appropriate beginning with if no one or no thing were injured.


Some of my best double-taps involved an accidental second discharge. Something to work on as it could present legal liability should it occur in context of a defensive shooting – but putting a hole in a piece of paper a few moments before one intends certainly does not justify harsh governmental intervention.


What’s that joke about lawyers; What do you call a bus load of lawyers at the bottom of the ocean Answer; A good start!

Wild Bill

What is the difference between a dead skunk laying in the road and a dead lawyer laying in the road?

There are skid marks leading up to a skunk!!


As a lawyer woke up in the hospital after surgery he asked, “Why are all the blinds drawn in here?” The nurse answered, “There’s a fire across the street and we didn’t want you to think the operation had been a failure.”


A 47 year-old lawyer is at St. Peter’s gate.

Lawyer: “Why, why was I taken at such a young age?”

St. Peter: “What? In billable hours alone, you had charged 85 years.”


What did the lawyer name his daughter ?
Q: What do you call a lawyer gone bad.
A: Senator.




What’s the difference between a mosquito and a lawyer?
One is a blood-sucking parasite, the other is an insect.

How many law professors does it take to change a light bulb?
Hell, you need 250 just to lobby for the research grant.



Good humor!


John …Seems I got into a discussion about that very subject a while back . Had to do with writing laws and loop holes around taxes .


Q: What do you call a lawyer who graduated at the bottom of his class?

A: Senator!

Q: What do you call a doctor who graduates at the bottom of his class?

A: Doctor!


And one generally excellent one: Rand Paul.


Yep. I’m with Rand on nearly everything. Exception: He publicly lobbied against the Hawley-Cruz emergency audit plan for weeks prior to Jan 6 based on Orwellian doubletalk, thereby aiding The Big Steal.


I agree with most off what he says as well. However, he equivocated on red flag laws: “I’m not opposed to sort of an emergency order for 48 hours and then you get a hearing in a court where you get the full due-process protections,” he said in the interview. “It’s the one thing that could fix a lot of stuff. I think most of these homicidal attackers … are sending off signals to their family and community.” ~ Rand Paul The problems with his stance: The 48 hour limit will not be adhered to by government employees and there… Read more »


Ugh. Strike 2. True due process for removing rights requires fair trial by jury. ‘Adjudication’ = circumvention.

“For depriving us of Trial by Jury” -Dec. of Indy

“Jury power is better than law, ought to be law & is law wherever justice prevails.” ~Franklin

“The trial of all crimes shall be by jury” ~Art III §2

“The accused shall enjoy the right to speedy public trial by impartial jury, informed of the nature & cause of accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and assistance of counsel” ~6A


How does a lawyer sleep? He lies on one side, then he lies on the other.


Good humor!

Most humorous!


Wild Bill, do you have a law degree from the University of Virginia?

Wild Bill

Is this another attempt to find out who I am?


No, not at all, Wild Bill. It was a conversation about lawyers. I remember in one of the threads in which you stressed the importance of “credentials” you indicated you studied at UVA and you have made references to your legal background. Just curious if you actually have a law degree from UVA. I’d rather not know who you are. The thread you are alluding to was related to the “2nd Amendment Sanctuary” status of the county in which you live. You indicated the sheriff made the declaration. He didn’t. Both Wood and Hopkins counties were declared 2A Sanctuaries by… Read more »

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Wild Bill

Yep, I’m a Cavalier. I just love that campus, and Charlottesville used to be a really groovy place. Passed the Va bar exam on the first try, too!

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Were you a trumpet player?


“As far as the county goes …You are not even close .”

Please explain. What are you referencing?


“What county he lives in .”

I’m not aware of any county in Texas that has declared themselves a 2A Sanctuary where the declaration was done by the sheriff. That was the point of the conversation.

As far as where he lives, I believe you. Maybe he really likes doughnuts made in Yantis and doesn’t mind a long drive.




The correct answer, come on down, is Wild Bill if its wrong can I trade for what’s behind door # 3

Wild Bill

That is funny! I think that we all know what he is up to.


There needs to be a national DGU database, similar to David’s Bear Attack record, that would accumulate all the DGU to discredit the “rarely used” anti-gun contention.

Wild Bill

Respectfully, a national data base would require government bureaucrats. They screw everything up.


Not necessarily so. Someone wiht the knowledge on howyadooit could start one, it would at first take a while, but soon enough we who own anduse guns would become aware of it. NRA could do this so could 2AF, CCRKBA, etc. NRA have the reach and support,perhaps if they were to take it up and make it happen it would help resture thepublic sense of usefulness/importance for that organisation, once they rid themselves of the corruptocrats that have held sway for far too long. Set up the matrix for information, Let those involved enter it per the protocols. Date time… Read more »

Wild Bill

I’m all for the private sector, just not government, any level government, bureaucrats keeping data bases.


If under governmental control, you can count on administration tweaking things to make it support whatever nonsense they are pushing. I suspect they would require that shots be fired before DGU can be counted, and that there are some minimum number of witnesses (3+?) all willing to testify that event occurred. Can you imagine a mugger voluntarily testifying on your DGU? “Yes sir, I was just getting started with my job when he pulled a gun and sent me running. I wasn’t going to really hurt them, just knock him on the head with this sock and pilfer his stuff… Read more »


“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Nine scariest words in the English language.


And “FBI Hostage Rescue Team”

Wild Bill

Yes, that is funny!!


When the FAA rule was first begun checked baggage was opened at the ticket counter and the clerk was shown the gun was unloaded. Then for the convenience of baggage handlers a tag that say FIREAM was attached in plain sight. I assume this was so thieves wouldn’t waste time just stealing shaving kits and clothes. Eventually the rule case changed and travelers just declared the there was a gun and it was unloaded. A tag was placed inside the bag as proof that the firearm had been declared at the counter when the luggage was was checked in.


Now we are referred to a “spayshull” TSA counter where they “inspect” and mostly from my personal experience make an yuuuuuge and insulting debacle out of it, taking swabs that test poitive for something they refuse to disclose (if its explosives, head smack of COURSE there will be explosive residue, its a GUN< idiot!!!! (but I can’t SAY that else they will invent some “crime” I have just perpetrated). Weapon and ammunition must be in separate locked hard sided containers, and they can get VERY picky about WHATKIND of containers. One time I travelled with the standard plastic clamshell case… Read more »

Dubi Loo

It’s pretty clear, the anti-civil rights crowd not only lie about DGUs, they want you to be a “good” victim.


Is that a real picture revolver in the bag hammer back, say it ain’t so. Baggage handlers have been picking through airline passengers bags for decades. Criminals are what the word implies if given a chance they will steal whatever they can sell. Airlines will not take responsibility nor will the airport security. Please fill out a form we will contact you someday maybe could be not likely.


Inside Job criminals will always exploit the vulnerabilities of any location’s “Berry Patch” to generate the easy low lying fruit’s bounty. No different than when LEA use a Speed Trap or Berry Patch traffic ticket revenue generator at a monitored geographical location. It’s known by Airport Parking Lot staff that vehicles are more likely to have a firearm in them & certain types of vehicles are also profiled. NRA, Noveske, S&W, Colt, KA27, KMA 368, Flag with Blue Line, 2nd A, Molon Labe etc. stickers are easy marks to a seasoned car burglar. Inside job – network street pros can… Read more »

Last edited 29 days ago by Tank

You are so right! Tempting as it is to make a “statement” supporting any pro gun, pro hunting, pro Constitution convictions you hold, doing so attracts the attention of criminals and violent leftists (also criminals) and make your vehicle a target. Better to lie low and keep these creeps wondering.


part of why my battered old but perfectly running van has NO stickers on it but the tiny rectangle I have to pay $150 for every year to attach to my number plate. My car is a tool, not a status statement.


Or go in the opposite direction and “camouflage “ your vehicle with a couple of anti gun bumper stickers


Wow, the person carries in their gun bag with the hammer back? I think that if we are going to have laws where you cannot have a gun on the plane and people want to go back and forth to the airport protected, that we should be able to call in advance and have them check our guns into the airport security and they provide a receipt for it with the serial number and description and photos so when we get back we just turn in the paperwork and get it back. If not that, then we should try something… Read more »


check safes at the airport would be welcome.. in some cases. Two things, though. I want THAT gun with me at the other end, and sometimes I take a rout back home through a different airport, meaning I’d have to then get back to the one where they took my weapon for “security”. Courthouses have secure safes for carry guns, and I’ve never gotten the slightest hint they disapprove of my when I need to use it. Airports could do the same thing. Best idea, which I’ve pondered for mamy years, is the secure storage separate from baggage on the… Read more »


It looks like our ideas are somewhat similar. Maybe some pilot will read these posts and copy the bright idea and it will be the new rule. It would be better for everyone.


Notice the excuses AND the ” solution” ? Hmmmm


put someone else in charge of airport, and parking