If you put it in a gun case behind your seat and keep it unloaded you will be fine. If you are pulled over just tell the officer that you have a cased, unloaded rifle behind your seat. Iwas pulled over coming froma gun range by a US Forest Service Ranger and all he wanted to know ismyguns werecased. If you are really worried about it lock the case. Either way you will be finebecause the gun is no longer easy to access since you have to open the case to get it plus it will help protect your rifle from dirt and damage.