Firearm in the trunk?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by EMTchad, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. EMTchad

    EMTchad New Member

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    So a LEO has informed me that I am able to keep a handgun unlocked and at reach in my trunk as long as I keep the loade magazines separately in the glovebox. Is this true? Something just doesn't sound legal here. He was LAPD
     
  2. hockeyjr1

    hockeyjr1 New Member

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    As an emt I'm not sure what the laws are if you have special privileges.. in nys on long island if your a cop u can carry concealed everywhere. Everyone with a pistol permit here is for target and game only so it can't be on your hip unless you are traveling to and from the range and making no other stops in between.. This is in case you get your car stolen then the gun in now out of your hands and into those of someone who could be dangerous... When u r transporting a gun to lets say upstate the the gun and ammo must be separated by the truck and inside the car.. If you have a connected truck to the inside the car either the ammo or the gun has to be lock but a lockable glove compartment is not go enough... I'd say go to you local police department and if they say u can just get a letter incase one cop doesn't know the laws or just wants to bust your balls...
     

  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Well, I live in Illinois and the only time you can be transporting a firearm is to and from a range or to and from hunting. Even then, the weapon must be unloaded and in the trunk of the car. If you don't have a trunk, as in a minivan or SUV, the firearm must be unloaded and in a locked gun case.
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    see this where there should be a nationwide rule on this and other stupid gun laws. one state you can do this but not that, another says you can dot that, but not this! stupid. i'm glad Texas changed their laws!:rolleyes:
     
  5. kobel1up

    kobel1up New Member

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    I was told by a cop friend of mine, if you don't have a CCW you must store the ammo and gun separately in the car. Ammo in front of car and gun in trunk, or however you want. You can't have a loaded mag in the car. The idea is it is more time consuming to load the gun. Sounds stupid I know, but many gun laws are. Like we can't buy a gun for our kid, but the government can knowingly allow someone to buy 12 ak47 and let them walk across the border.
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Different states have different laws.
    In Florida, you can have a loaded firearm (without CWP) in the passenger compartment as long as it takes a minimum of two moves to get it (open glovebox, grab firearm - ok, grab firearm from seat or under seat - not ok).

    Learn the laws of your state and remember that they do not apply to all states.
     
  7. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    These type issues are state or local laws. The only way to get the answer that will keep you out of jail is to read your local laws.
    For example: Where I live, it is fine to keep a loaded shotgun in the back seat of your car, or a loaded pistol in a shoe box in the front seat, as long as the box top is on; and these rules with no license of any kind.

    Taking advice from the web can get you in trouble. Taking advice from cops will get you in trouble; many of them don't know the law any better than you, and if one of them gives you bad information it won't help you a damn bit when another cop arrests you.
     
  8. countryboy

    countryboy New Member

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    Google interstate transportation of a firearm. That should clear things up.

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  9. kobel1up

    kobel1up New Member

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    Taking advice from the web can get you in trouble. Taking advice from cops will get you in trouble; many of them don't know the law any better than you, and if one of them gives you bad information it won't help you a damn bit when another cop arrests you.[/QUOTE]

    You are right on that point. In Ohio I know I can carry in my car with the gun on my person. Now the other rules for carrying in a car are kinda crazy, that's why there is a bill waiting to be passed that will bring some clarity to carrying in a car with and without a conceal permit.
    I would hope my cop friend knows the state laws on concealed carry, he kinda teaches a class on it.
     
  10. countryboy

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  11. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Here's a link to U.S. gun laws that may be helpful.

    Handgunlaw.us

    Also, I believe the NRA has a website which has good info.

    Here's a link to it. http://www.nraila.org/GunLaws/

    I believe there is a federal law covering transportation of handguns when traveling through states.

    Main thing, as already posted, don't rely on forum info & there's even a chance that the local LEOs may be mis-informed.
     
  12. EMTchad

    EMTchad New Member

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    Thank u so much guys. I guess I can't have my gun in my car unless it's in a locked box
     
  13. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Yea, California is pretty resrictive. I had to make a trip there a few years ago. I don't remember everything. But I researched it before I went. It was so resrictive and stupid I just left my carry gun locked up in my safe at home. Here in Colorado you can keep a loaded handgun in the car within reach. You can not conceal one one your person without a permit. But just about anywere else in the car is ok.
     
  14. EMTchad

    EMTchad New Member

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    It's pretty dumb here, even the people in Los Angeles sickens me. Majority think they can judge just anyone lol.. And the women, I won't even start on that lol
     
  15. partdeux

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    LEO's are notorious for providing incorrect legal information.

    YOUR state law matters.

    For example, I was told that the magazine had to be unloaded, ammo stored separately from the firearm, and the firearm in a locked case in the trunk.

    NONE of that is true. MI law is quirky, and really requires legal review, and an LEO is a poor read of the law.
     
  16. Glore

    Glore New Member

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    That's a broad and ignorant statement
     
  17. EMTchad

    EMTchad New Member

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    Yeah I'm sure alot of responsible Leo's know their laws
     
  18. EMTchad

    EMTchad New Member

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    Glore, im going to a meeting for lapd Wednesday, I'm thinking of seeing if I'm eligible
     
  19. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    When I lived in the PRK the firearms and ammo had to separated and the unloaded firearm in a locked case. Kind of difficult in a PU. I used to put both in locked cases. I dont see where the law would have been made more lenient in the PRK. Stupid laws got some guns stolen. Thieves would catch someone leaving the range and rob them. Spotter at the range would let them know what was worth stealing or whether it was a leo.
     
  20. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    MI firearm laws are complex and confusing. Most LEO's do not take the time to understand the complexities in their advice or enforcement.

    In addition, in my small town, I have had some discussion with LEO's in town about some other issues, and their legal understanding if often totally wrong. I'll give you an example, MI it's illegal to set up broad form DUI check points, as ruled by the state attorney general. So, the local geniuses came up with the plan to mark all the tires at a bar and sit down the road pulling over any car with marked tires. Can you spell targeted enforcement? When I challenged the legality with the Sgt (neighbor) he said until someone sued them, it was legal. In talks with the Chief, he said, I can't control what my officers do. By the time the bar figured out what was going on, they were getting hit with state mandated shutdowns and legal defense fees and eventually went bankrupt. Police dept moved on to the next place that served alcohol and continued the process. The irony of their actions, the city lost so much state shared revenue (from lost local state sales taxes), they have had to lay off some police officers, and at times leave the city without any coverage at all.