Timber Vaults sent me one of their concealment shelves for review. With guns sales booming I thought this was timely move on their part.
What it is a modern looking shelf with a hidden compartment for one or more firearms. It is free floating with no brackets holding it up. It attaches to the wall though a metal bar which gets screwed to the wall. The shelf goes over this bar.
Here is a picture of this assembly:
The company makes three sizes: small, medium and large. They sent me a small one meant for handguns. Here is what a PPK looks like for comparison:
Their medium and large units look big enough for a short-barreled gat like the Shockwave and possibly some extras. It has an RFID lock and comes with a key fob and battery backup. All necessary hardware, except 4 AAA batteries, are included. You need a screw driver, stud finder and possibly a level to mount it.
- It is solidly built from the wood, to the piston arm, to the wall bracket. It doesn’t feel at all flimsy.
- It is attractive. It has a matte finish of some sort on the wood. It’s not a stain and doesn’t look like paint.
- It absolutely needs at least one screw into a wall stud. I would stress this more in the instructions.
- From a few feet away it does look like a regular shelf. If you look closer you can see the little plug hole on top for the battery backup which is a giveaway, but that can be hidden by putting some chachkies on it.
- The RFID provides a reasonable level of security from children and guests. It is definitely not a gun safe and does not pretend to be.
- It’s styling isn’t for everyone. If you like modern decor it will blend in nicely. Others, not so much.
All in all I think it is a quality product.
Last year a Democrat spokesman said they were looking into drafting legislation to allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers to go forward.
This week Senator Zellnor Myrie introduced S-8926 to Rules. The short one sentence bill reads:
Section 1. Section 240.45 of the penal law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows:
3. AS USED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, THE TERMS “CREATE” AND “MAINTAIN” SHALL INCLUDE THE SALE OR MANUFACTURING OF PRODUCTS.
As reported in the Daily News:
“… The bill would amend the state’s criminal nuisance law to include the sale or manufacture of products that endanger peoples’ health or safety, enabling New Yorkers to sue companies or individuals who violate the statute …”
Whether this is enough to get around the PLCAA is unclear.
Gun sales have surged among new buyers the past few months leading some to speculate this will translate into positive action at election time:
“… Look at all of the new people who suddenly decided to exercise their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms,” observed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “We’ve witnessed something that is nothing short of a sea change, and in some cases might approach the level of epiphany, about gun ownership. We’ve heard anecdotal reports from all over the country about people flocking to gun shops who had never before owned a firearm. Now that they are gun owners, we expect them to be very protective of their rights …”
“… Several of the country’s leading gun-rights groups are working to convert many more first-time owners into new gun-rights voters in the run-up to the 2020 election. Amy Hunter, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, said that the group’s success could change the political landscape at the local, state, and national level. “The NRA believes voters who recently purchased guns for self-defense will join other Second Amendment voters and be an even more formidable voting bloc,” Hunter told the Washington Free Beacon. “They’re educated, passionate, and they know anti-gun politicians are the biggest threat to their fundamental right to self-defense …”
Both of these are fundamentally wrong.
Simply buying a gun does not automatically turn a person into a 2A activist voter. That requires work by a special interest group able to appeal to that new gun owner. NRA in particular does not do that very well having developed an increasing reputation over the years as being a Republican/Conservative organization as opposed to a single issue, non-partisan group. That is the main reason why they have no clout in states like New York and Massachusetts that have Democrat voter majorities.
If gun groups want to gain political advantage from these new gun owners they must recognize that a good portion of them are not conservatives and will not vote for Republicans regardless of the candidate’s position on 2A.