Teenager gets locked into Bass Pro Shop gun safe

NBC reports

The next day, that would be Monday for those of you keeping score at home, a 16-year-old boy — presumably sans dog — somehow got himself locked in a gun safe at the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine.

It probably wasn’t as funny as the “Family Guy” episode. Store employees tried to open the safe by using the combination, which makes sense, but for some unexplained reason, the digital pad failed to respond.

One person commented …

Not funny. The store should have rigged the display model so it could not be locked, or the door could not be completely closed.

Sigh … no, the kid should have stayed out of the safe. If I went into a gun shop to buy a safe, asked them to demo it to me, and was told “Sorry, we can’t close them”, I would laugh and then walked straight on out.

[Hat Tip: Reddit]

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  • LyleP
  • JustinR

    I’ve been to that Bass Pro many times, and ALL of their gun safes on display are kept locked, with signs on top stating that you need to ask a store associate if you want to see the inside of any safe. No combos written on stickers on the side of the safes like in other stores. If this kid STILL somehow managed to lock himself inside a safe, he probably would have deserved the Darwin award he would have received.

  • SpudGun

    Nothing’s worse then buying a new safe, opening it for the first time and finding the skeleton of a teenager inside with scratch marks on the inside of the door.

    Aside from this kid being ‘not fit for purpose’ in the life stakes, the Bass Pro staff not being able to open the door is also a considerable worry.

    At least I have their new advertising slogan: ‘Bass Pro – Safe For Children’

  • Tom

    Do we really need to baby proof the world. I’ve never seen a safe that can be locked from the inside. Someone on the outside had to have locked him in.

    Most states don’t require motorcyclist to wear helmets, but by law you have to wear a seat belt. I’m sure what we need is our government spending their time making another regulation to make safes safe for a few stupid people. Then the manufacturers of the safe will have to raise the price because of the new safety features.

    It’s called survival of the fittest.
    Rule #1 – Don’t be stupid.

  • gunslinger

    keeping it “unlockable” in the store? yeah, i agree with you. but another commenter gave the idea of the “emergency unlock” much like they have in car trunks. good idea or no? really, is there a “need”? in that case, yes. overall? not so much. although, i will say, i’m not a fan of the stores not having the combo readily available or keys for those types of safes.

    • David/Sharpie

      The costco near me has a gun safe for sale and it has an unlock lever on the inside.

      Then again they also strap the opening of the door so you cannot close it all the way.

  • MrMaigo

    It shouldn’t be funny, but its really, REALLY funny

  • Freiheit

    Don’t most safes have a lever on the inside to prevent such an incident?

  • jrt

    Not funny.
    The store should have rigged the display model so it could not be locked, or the door could not be completely closed.
    It is not the responsibility of the store, but the responsibility of the parents to safeguard their child. Would you buy a car from an auto dealership where the doors, trunk and hood would not open and the engine would not start because of a fear some child may get stuck in it? I would not. The show room is an area to work, and test actual products to make sure they function to MY requirements. This situation was reversible and minimal harm was done, perhaps the child will avoid this situation in the future. If this were a Man sized paper shredder, I would agree with your opinion.
    I also do not blame the kid. I could so see one my boys doing this and it would be MY fault if they did it.

    Many are probably too young to remember when refrigerators had latching doors. More than one kid died playing around in one when it was put out on the curb with the trash.
    No, again.
    This is a completely different situation. Those Reefer’s were in areas that direct adult supervision could not be assumed, also they were not is a controlled environment with security barriers (a store showroom that can be locked or secured during nonoperational hours). I do not go to the dump to check out products I wish to buy, nor can I ensure that 50 years from now, at night that someone could unknowly fall into it.
    The government is not my mother and father.
    Personal responsibility needs to be required more in today’s society.

  • sumyunguy

    The era of personal responsibility is dead.

  • ap

    “How could we’ve prevented this terrible tragedy from happening in the first place!” Cue his mom testifying on Capitol Hill regarding new safe regulations.

  • “Nothing’s worse then buying a new safe, opening it for the first time and finding the skeleton of a teenager inside with scratch marks on the inside of the door.”

    Someone owes me a new keyboard after the coffee incident while reading this comment.

  • John C.

    I would understand if it was a younger kid- but a teenager! If hes that stupid then he deserves to be locked in a safe for a couple hours. Also, many stores leave the default factory combination as the lock code so anyone who has bought a safe would know the default combo and would be able to open it.

  • Peter

    Who would be so stupid to lock them self in a safe or have some one else lock them in the safe (hey man I’m gonna get in this safe then you lock it won’t that be awsome)

  • Komrad

    I’ve often thought about how gun safes are about the right size for toddlers but a teenager? Must have been a pretty big safe

  • Wolfwood

    I don’t know about their safes, but the Bass Pro near me absolutely refused to remove the trigger lock from their display gun so I could see how the trigger was. I laughed at them and walked out.

  • We were at a school function and my son jumped into a locker and shut the door. Turned out to be locked, took 30 minutes to get him out. But he was 2 at the time, not 16. And he learned his lesson.

  • Nick

    This had happened at the store I work at. Two girls were playing around and one locked the other in a gun safe. We were trying to get them out but the safe had only the electric pad, and the battery had died just after they managed to get the safe open (because we keep our safes closed). That was a rush.

    • Nick, that must have been quite stressful!!!!!

  • Mu

    Not surprising if it’s the same model lock as on my safe, it’s not only the combination, it’s the timing of the entries that is decisive. One, two, three won’t work, one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi won’t do it either, it has to be twenty one, twenty two, twenty three.
    The one part that’s missing in that story is that the kid must have had a helper; with most gun safe designs you need to move the outside lever to put the lock bars in place.

  • I don’t know what kind of idiot gets into a gun safe anyway. Reading up, I saw a post that reads “The era of personal responsibility is dead.” I tend to agree for the most part with things like this going on. I have been to BassPro many times, as well as other firearm establishments, and somehow I’ve managed to make it home every time.

    Maybe Bin Laden is in a frickin’ gun safe somewhere.