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    Hey all,

    My family and I will be traveling to Tx next week and I was wondering how i can lawfully carry my pistol. I would like to carry loaded and have it close by but I dont know that it's legal... I do not have a CC permit from any state. Any input on carrying to my destination in Tx would be appreciated! Can't wait to get there! i miss home!

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    As long as it's concealed, you're not commiting a crime other than a moving violation and you're not a member of a gang, you're good.



    Sec.46.02.UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS.(a)A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:

    (1)on the person's own premises or premises under the person's control; or

    (2)inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle that is owned by the person or under the person's control.

    (a-1)A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun in a motor vehicle that is owned by the person or under the person's control at any time in which:

    (1)the handgun is in plain view; or

    (2)the person is:

    (A)engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic;

    (B)prohibited by law from possessing a firearm; or

    (C)a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01.

    (a-2)For purposes of this section, "premises" includes real property and a recreational vehicle that is being used as living quarters, regardless of whether that use is temporary or permanent. In this subsection, "recreational vehicle" means a motor vehicle primarily designed as temporary living quarters or a vehicle that contains temporary living quarters and is designed to be towed by a motor vehicle. The term includes a travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper, motor home, and horse trailer with living quarters.

    (b)Except as provided by Subsection (c), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

    (c)An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed on any premises licensed or issued a permit by this state for the sale of alcoholic beverages.



    http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.u.../htm/PE.46.htm



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    Thank you! I was not aware it was lega to conceal the weapon in the vehicle... I feel better. Thank you for taking the time to post this, I appreciate it.

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    Just make sure you do not have it on your person. It must be concealed in the car, such as a glove box or console, or even under a towel on the seat. As long as it is not on your person and is not visible and it is not discernable to be a handgun such as an outline under said towel. If you must reach into the place where it is (and not until), on a traffic stop. Tell the officer that it is there before you reach. If he sees it and you haven't told him, he may freak out.
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    No problem. And thanks Rodbender, I forgot to add that.



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    Thank you for the information!

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    rodbender wrote:
    Just make sure you do not have it on your person. It must be concealed in the car, such as a glove box or console, or even under a towel on the seat.
    Nothing in the law says that.

    Of course, if you have to step out (especially during a traffic stop), carrying on your person becomes problematic. But it's perfectly legal to do so.


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    KBCraig wrote:
    rodbender wrote:
    Just make sure you do not have it on your person. It must be concealed in the car, such as a glove box or console, or even under a towel on the seat.
    Nothing in the law says that.

    Of course, if you have to step out (especially during a traffic stop), carrying on your person becomes problematic. But it's perfectly legal to do so.
    No, it doesn't. But why would you want to be a test case to see if having it strapped to your waist while in a vehicle is to be considered CC without a license. Especially with all the "We are the only ones that should be allowed to carry" cops out there. That, and cops don't know the law that well,that has been proven.
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    Texas never ceases to amaze me with its Firearm Laws!

    Handguns Regulation left and right..., but not one word about Longguns!

    So..., I can walk around town with a Rifle and everything is OK, but if I do so with a Pistol..., then, I guess I'd be puttin' my Brains in a Bumblebee.

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    aadvark wrote:
    Texas never ceases to amaze me with its Firearm Laws!

    Handguns Regulation left and right..., but not one word about Longguns!

    So..., I can walk around town with a Rifle and everything is OK, but if I do so with a Pistol..., then, I guess I'd be puttin' my Brains in a Bumblebee.
    Yep, that's pretty much it. Long guns everywhere, handguns, nowhere (well not in the open or without permission from nanny).
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