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    Open Carry vs Vehicle Transport

    Okay, I can't get a clear answer on this one. I do not have a concealed carry permit (yet). So, when I open carry and am in my vehicle, what is the LEGAL way to transport my weapon?

    I have heard:
    • Leave it on the seat in plain sight while loaded.
      It has to be in a locked compartment of the vehicle (ie. the glove box or center console) and it has to be unloaded.
      Out of reach and unloaded


    Sorry for the newbie question, but I want to protect myself should I make a dumb traffic decision.

    Also, do I have to declare that I have a weapon in the vehicle?

    Thanks,
    Frank

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    Cool

    The law changed July 1. You may now carry LOADED in a SECURED (does not say "locked" in the statute) compartment without a CHP.

    Otherwise, the best place to carry your sidearm is on your side. Open carry is not affected by being seated in a vehicle any more than it is by being seated in a booth at a restaurant with your strong side to the wall.

    There are a handful of available options for console-mounted holsters, too. Probably the worst two places to "open" carry a sidearm are your dashboard and your passenger seat. In a crash, your sidearm could become a very dangerous projectile. Some people advise against this practice.

    I am one of them. Wear your gun.
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    Thanks for the info Wylde!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankd View Post
    Also, do I have to declare that I have a weapon in the vehicle?

    Thanks,
    Frank
    1. Welcome.
    2. Wear it in a holster on your hip.
    3. You don't HAVE to declare it by law.. so it is up to you.
    4. Don't call it a WEAPON.. for plenty of reasons.. I will get some flack for saying that but the MAJORITY thinks it is better to call it a firearm, gun, pistol, Kimber, Glock, leadslinger, revolver,etc.
    Carry On.

    Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankd View Post
    and it has to be unloaded.
    Out of reach and unloaded
    Just to wrap up these two loose ends...

    These two conditions may be referencing the Federal Firearms Owners' Protection Act (FOPA), which generally allows you to transport your firearms through states and cities where doing so may be otherwise illegal.

    These two conditions apply to that law, and it's a bit tricky, so before trying it yourself, read up on it very carefully.

    Here's a summary, scroll down to the section titled "FEDERAL LAW ON TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS."

    TFred

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    Good answers.

    I just taught a class yesterday on all of these laws/rules. OP - you should look into that, if you have any additional questions.
    James Reynolds

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