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Does anybody know for sure if you can carry a loaded concealed handgun in your car in Texas without a concealed carry license? I would really like to hear from some law enforcement people or anyone that "knows" the law.
 

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Yes you can, as long as its concealed. This falls under the "Castle Doctrine". Your car is considered as a part of your dwelling, so you can definitely carry a loaded handgun in your car. Just make sure it is concealed! This rule was confirmed my my CHL instructor who is a cop and former marine.
 

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TexasGunner said:
Yes you can, as long as its concealed. This falls under the "Castle Doctrine". Your car is considered as a part of your dwelling, so you can definitely carry a loaded handgun in your car. Just make sure it is concealed! This rule was confirmed my my CHL instructor who is a cop and former marine.
Thanks for the info
 

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Sure can carried everyday in my car in CC texas with no issues until I had my permit now I just keep it on my hip even while driving I'm left handed so its faster to access there. and I had been pulled over several times with it.
 

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Where do you check this list of cars ?
I'm not saying there's not but I've never heard of there being designated cars if your driving the car and your on the insurance no matter what kind of car as long as its concealed its ok as stated previously your car is an extension of your home. Also in no class have I ever heard of there being designated cars you can and can't carry in. Also I never had an issue in my car or truck.
 

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gearhead396 said:
I'm not saying there's not but I've never heard of there being designated cars if your driving the car and your on the insurance no matter what kind of car as long as its concealed its ok as stated previously your car is an extension of your home. Also in no class have I ever heard of there being designated cars you can and can't carry in. Also I never had an issue in my car or truck.
Thanks for the information. Very helpful!
 

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Texas laws on carrying weapons in a car depends the type of car you are driving. You should check the list of cars first. In doing so also check Texas laws on Firearms.;):D
Huh? Only Pickups? WTH are you referring to

So you're telling someone its OK to carry without a permit :confused:
Your vehicle yes-On your person inside said vehicle no without a CCL--
Yes, that is EXACTLY what was said. You can carry a concealed handgun ON YOUR PERSON, IN YOUR CAR, with out a CHL.
(See below for further)

Texas Castle law allows you to carry a firearm in your vehicle just as you would in your own house, also no permits needed in Texas besides CHL.
To be clear, NO CHL NEEDED to carry on YOUR property and your car is YOUR PROPERTY!

Texas law makes NO distinction between loaded/unloaded, assembled/disassembled, concealed on your person/concealed in your car. A hand gun is a handgun, period.

The standard for UCW (Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon) is "on or about your person" "About" means within reach. A loaded handgun in a holster on your belt while driving your car is EXACTLY THE SAME as an unloaded handgun in the center console of the same car.

In Texas, the Castle Doctrine was broadened to include your vehicle. You have rights in your home. You have a right to protect yourself, your family and your property. You have the right to possess the means to do so. Your car is still your property and an extension of your home.

You can have a handgun in your car (anywhere in your car) unless you:

Are a member of a criminal street gang (crips and bloods need not apply)
Are not otherwise prohibited from possessing the weapon (convicted Felons need not apply)
Are not violating another law (other than a traffic inifraction).

Gun in holster on your hip, YOUR car or car you are lawfully in, never been to jail, not a gangster, A OK!

As above, driving 80 MPH in a posted 55 MPH zone? A OK!

As above, intoxicated? Go to jail, catch a charge for UCW (in addition to the DWI), have gun confiscated as evidence.

Hopefully that helps to clear things up.
 

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Maybe not a good idea.....

Carry on. And unless you are asked you dont have to declare
When you are pulled over (for whatever, but say....speeding) and the officer asks for your DL and Insurance, this IS the time to inform him or her, that you are a CHL holder, even if you are currently NOT carrying. Reason being, when they go back and run your license, they will see that you are a CHL holder. Better not to lie. If they have any reason at all to think you suspicious, they can use your failure to advise them that you're a CHL to search your car. Maybe not. But that would give them probable cause. I am not an LEO, but I know of this being done. Here is a link you might want to look at. http://www.texaschl.us/tips_your_rights.htm

Scroll down to #2 for a LEO stop/CHL procedure for Texas.
 

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By the way, you are also protected while carrying the firearm back and forth from your residence to the vehicle.
 

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Texas Penal Code 46.02 provides:

(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.
 
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