A customer took his safe deposit box into the box room, did not shut the door, and as one of our employees walked by, she saw him holding an antique gun up. He was showing it to his son. When questioned, he said it was antique and did not work. He was informed that guns are not allowed in the bank and he agreed. BUT.. we did not see him leave with anything so we know it is still in the box. Is there any regulations that we can refer to in telling him to remove the gun?
AT my prior bank we had very large locker-size boxes. I have a few guns I wouldn't mind one bit storing there. Some specialty and limited guns are extremely valuable...they'd be much safer there than at home!
My opinion only. Not legal advice.
You say it is an antique that covers a wide variety of firearms it could be a handcrafted highly ornate muzzle loader from the early days of firearms or it could be a service pistol from the Korean war era that would be either a 38 revolver or a more "modern" semi automatic 1911 colt.
I'd ask the owner to give you a detailed description of the firearm and then base your decision on that.
I disagree with others here that the firearm is safer there. I realize people in this day and age love to rely on others but the fact is the firearm belongs at home in his care, locked up in a safe that is equal to the task with his home insurance.
However, the cost of a safe up to the task may be more expensive than your safety deposit box. I don't see it presenting a threat but I'd definitely want to know what type of firearm it is and what is stored with it. He could have a fully functional modern semi automatic that he has attached the term antique.
Those who allow firearms how do you ensure the customer isn't carrying a pocket full of rounds for it and is now in the bowels of the bank with a loaded firearm?
I am a strong 2nd amendment proponent but I live by common sense. OP find out exactly what kind of firearm it is and ask the owner if you can inspect the contents of the box. He shouldn't have a problem.
Loc: Greater Chicago Area
It's a gun people. Not a bomb.
All that's necessary in this situation is a verbal to the client to be a lil more careful about closing the privacy door.
Whether it's a non functioning flintlock, or a new Glock, the item itself is not dangerous. The client is. And if he is sooooo scary that you don't want him to keep a gun in a safe box, then by default he should be too scary to be an accountholder.
There would really be no difference in what FraudFinder is describing and someone who has a lock-box, entering the bank with a loaded gun on them,concealed, requesting access to their lock box, same situation, and yet there isn't anything we can do to prevent it.