IS IT OKAY TO BRING WEAPONS IN YOUR TRUCK?
If you ever wanted to know what the weapons in the truck are, you came to the right place. In this blog post we will explain the issue of weapons in the truck.
One thing is for sure when you are a hotshot - you spend a lot of time outdoors. To carry your loads, you travel a long way. Sometimes you arrive at a place you do not know, and there's a good chance you'll encounter some unpleasant things there. What measures do you take to protect yourself?
Many questions have been asked about carrying weapons in your truck. Is it legal?
The direct answer is yes. Carrying weapons in your truck is legal in certain instances. Most truck drivers carry weapons for their protection if they can obtain a permit. But to give you an overview, we will list the laws on carrying weapons.
1. THE FEDERAL LAW
The "Peaceful Driving Act" is the overarching law that everyone refers to when talking about this topic.
"Sec. 926A. Interstate transportation of firearms: Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console."
— [title 18 [Section 926 (a) ]–CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, part I–CRIMES, Chapter 44–FIREARMS]
It simply means that all drivers, including truckers, are allowed to carry firearms under federal law, but they must keep them locked up and empty. That was the easy part. Now things start to get difficult.
2. Concealed carry permits and state laws.
In the last five years, concealed carry permits have gained a lot of legal authority. Most states allow concealed carry in some form or allow tourists from other states to carry in their state. However, this is not a universal phenomenon. It would take far too long and be too tedious to explain each state's concealed carry regulations. Check the states you will be passing through on your trip as a rule of thumb. This will require some research, but the information is available. Another important rule is to always have your firearms license with you. Truckers are used to carrying a variety of registration cards, so this would be just another card in their wallet.
But we are not done yet. Even if you skirt state regulations, there are two more layers by which you can get caught hauling. The first is simply local law, which can differ from or contradict state law. It is almost impossible to get around a local ordinance in Lindsborg, Kansas, that you did not know about beforehand. Local ordinances are generally not recorded on your driver's license and rarely affect your driving record - that's the silver lining to these hidden dangers. However, there is another legal layer you should be aware of before you get behind the wheel.
3. CARRIER POLICIES AND REGULATIONS
If you work for a transportation company, your company has policies prohibiting drivers from transporting firearms. If you intend to carry firearms, you should contact your safety officer or someone at your company who can provide you with more information. With respect to firearms, this is the most important approach to defending your workplace. It is even more important than knowing state law. Normally, you can continue to drive after receiving a traffic ticket. However, if you violate a company policy, the company has a legitimate reason to fire you, regardless of your criminal record.
The easiest way to summarize this smorgasbord of questions about handgun restrictions for truck drivers is that knowledge means safety. The better you know what you are and are not allowed to do, the better your chances of avoiding trouble. Of course, if you do get a ticket, CDL Legal can help.
4. Is it ok to have a gun with you during trucker check-in?
I'm not sure ;-) If you think differently write a blog post about it.
Haul in Cash has been talking about guns in trucks on his YouTube channel. You can listen to his recorded live stream at this link. https://youtu.be/sdxbe4QsMYA