Law-abiding gun owners attending events at Busch Stadium in St. Louis may have a new way to lock up their firearms before entering the stadium, without having to leave them in their cars.
According to this story from Fox News, starting in mid-July, Paddy O’s Bar next to Busch Stadium is going to allow a specially outfitted armored truck to use its overflow parking lot as a mobile gun locker where people carrying firearms can check their guns between the parking lot and the stadium, which does not permit firearms.
The mobile locker is the brainchild of Justin Hulsey, a National Guard veteran, who calls his invention Mobile Safe Storage.
He tricked out a 22-foot-long step van with armor and security cameras and will hire security guards to surround it when parked in public, the story says.
The story says Hulsey plans to park it at Paddy O’s on game days, offering visitors an alternative to leaving their guns in their vehicles, along with any other valuables they want to secure.
“He believes being able to carry a gun to the stadium will give visitors a better sense of security, while also cutting down on the number of guns getting into the hands of criminals.”
“‘If we can just stop one firearm from being stolen out of a car and used by a criminal, we succeeded,’ Hulsey said. ‘This isn’t about making millions, it’s about making a difference and we are passionate about it.’ he said.”
The idea has the support of St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch, the story says, who says it will make criminals think twice before targeting fans leaving the stadium.
“The real idea is so the criminals don’t know who is going to have a firearm and who is not,” Fitch said in the story. “They are pretty comfortable right now if they see someone leaving Busch Stadium at 10:30 at night and they have a Cardinals shirt on they are not going to be armed.”
Though he’s planning for a soft launch on July 15 as the Cards start a 10-day home stand, there’s might be a little hiccup for Hulsey. The mayor’s office told Fox that his company has no business license and that running a business from Paddy O’s parking lot isn’t permitted under the bar’s current occupancy permit. In short, it would be illegal.
But Hulsey told Fox he has spoken to the city and the bar and believes he has done everything he is required to start doing business.
Anyone who checks a gun will have to sign a waiver, which covers a lot of things, including giving his company the right to refuse to return a firearm to anyone who appears intoxicated, the story says. The price would be $10 per item, or $15 for anyone paying by credit card.
Fox couldn’t get a comment from the Cardinals organization or the local police.