Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The man who wants to provide fans a place to store their weapons while they go to sporting events and concerts says he probably won’t be ready for the Cardinals’ home opener, but he hopes it won’t be too long thereafter.

Weapon Safe Armory LLC owner Justin Hulsey tells KMOX being the first in the nation to provide such a service is creating some challenges.

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Hulsey says he’s been unsuccessful is contacting someone with the Cardinals to get permission to park a vehicle on the street near the stadium. And while he says owners of private lots near the ballpark have expressed a willingness to let him park there, there are insurance concerns.

“I got a call in to a few insurance agents,” Hulsey says. “It’s funny, they’ve never heard of anything like this. They don’t know how to insure it.”

Then there’s the vehicle. Hulsey says the van he was planning to use is no longer available because it belonged to a former partner.

“Do we have a box truck? Yes,” Hulsey says. “Will we have lockers in the box truck ready for opening day? I’m going to pray for it.”

An idea Hulsey says he’d like to propose to the Cardinals would be placing storage lockers at Ballpark Village and donating any proceeds to a veterans support organization.

The one part Hulsey says he has not had trouble with is finding veterans willing to man and guard the van.

“That’s been the overwhelming support,” Hulsey says. “Veterans sending emails that want to help us. They just want to be part of the movement. Even if it’s on a volunteer basis. They just want to be on the ground floor.”

And while he likely won’t meet his original goal of being ready for opening day, Hulsey is pushing forward.

“It’s bigger than baseball,” Hulsey says. “Every event. Every venue that there’s a mass gathering and vehicles left unsecured.

“It’s just a battle. We’re going to continue to fight it until we win.”

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