Driving with loaded gun in vehicle

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by gun runner, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    I dont know if this is the right section of the forum, Im sorry if it isnt but is it legal in Texas? When Im driving around the farm, I always carry me my loaded rifle with me either in the vehicle or atv. Never did on the highways though. Does anybody know?

    Im talking about a rifle. Not a handgun.

    Oh yeah, I know the mods dont like having to move threads but I figured this was the right section of the forum since I figured The right to keep and bear arms.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  2. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Yep! It's legal now, didn't used to be, but the laws have changed.

  3. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    Thanks for that info.
  4. al45lc

    al45lc Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    colorful colorado
    The Texas law states and restricts "handgun"(s) specifically, and seems to be silent on restrictions of rifles and shotguns in Motor vehicles, without reference to condition. (loaded or unloaded, or cased for that matter)
    It is NOT uncommon in the west for this to be so, particularly in rural areas, however some municipalities do restrict loaded rifles and shotguns, so you must look at local restrictions as well.
    Here on Colorado, we don't restrict rifles and shotguns in MOST areas EXCEPT when in engaged in Big game hunting, a nannyist restriction for those hunters of less than good sense.
  5. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    You are welcome! Rifle, shotgun, or pistol, are all OK, so long as they meat federal requirements. Just don't get caught with an illegal knife in the vehicle! A is the key.
    A. any knife with a blade over five and one half inches
    B. hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown
    C. dagger including but not limited to a dirk, stiletto, and poniard
    D. bowie knife
    E. sword
    F. spear
    G. machete

    We have to work on this, and it is being done right now. My survival knife is a Bowie, and I use it when camping. What farmer, or rancher, doesn't carry a machete in the truck? These laws are draconian, and must be changed. Just like the laws about not having a fire arm in the vehicle. We got that changed about a dozen years ago. One word of caution though, here in TX the law that allows you to carry a rifle, shotgun, or pistol in your car, are not worded clearly, and controversy has arisen because of that. It seams that there are those that would like to keep guns away from everyone, and they argue that if the gun can be seen, it is illegal, and is tantamount to disorderly conduct. So keep it out of sight!
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  6. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    What if you bought a new set of butcher and steak knifes for the kitchen? :confused:
  7. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Just show the cop the receipt, and tell him you are on your way home.
  8. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    It's always been legal to have a loaded longarm in your vehicle in Texas. When Charles Whitman started shooting from the tower, Texans pulled their 30-30's, .243's and 30-06's out of their trucks and returned fire. Really! :eek: :D:D Gotta love Texas!

    What changed was having a loaded handgun in your vehicle. Now, as long as the handgun is concealed, it is legal. Before you had to worry about the "travel" exemption and that the LEO wouldn't haul you in. Because of the change, now people can be safe without a CHL.

    I have a machete, hatchet, USMC Camillus fighting knife in my truck. My machete and hatchet is in a box behind my truck seat that locks down and I can't open it while driving. So, I feel safe there. My Camillus knife is in my door pocket and might get me into trouble, but too bad. I'm not going to knuckle under to every stoopid law.
  9. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    long guns are illegal to have loaded in a vehicle here in WA, even handguns cannot be loaded in the vehicle (on your person in the vehicle anyway) without a CCW. kinda sucks but sounds like TX is good in that dept.
  10. Deputy Dawg

    Deputy Dawg Active Member

    That is one of the many thing that I like about Texas.
  11. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I might be moving there next year for a bit (if I get picked for the job, fingers crossed), I've no doubt it will be a good experience!

    My only gripe is that TX doesn't allow open carry, is that right?
  12. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    No open carry in TX, but it's (supposed to be) legal in LA. LA law states that your car is an extention of your home. Therefore you may carry a gun, loaded, anywhere in the car you want to. Stick that rifle in a truck gun rack in the rear window, it's OK by the law. If you leave it there, well, you probably won't own it long!
  13. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    In Illinois we are lucky they let US in our cars. They only allow this so we can pay our taxes...
  14. Sig Willy

    Sig Willy Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    You said driving around the farm so that's your property? I don't know what laws dictates what you can carry on your own property.
  15. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    Interesting. I drive from SW Ohio to visit my son, DIL and Grandson in Fayetteville, AR. I have an Ohio CCL but am very sqeemish when a portion of the trip takes us through Southern IL. I assume that I always needed to unload my Ruger LCP and lock the ammo in the back. Is that not so?
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