Is it illegal to carry a gun in a commercial vehicle?

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  1. Big- countryk5

    Big- countryk5 Bobtail Member

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    Carrying a gun is not against the law,as long as you are legal to own one. It's mostly against a company policy.
     
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Your truck doesn't become your home just because you say so.
     
  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Is it better to be fired than employed? Unless you can see the future you don't know if carrying the gun helps or hurts the future situation. You could get dispatched to a customer you know nothing about that searches your truck, finds a gun and you are fired on the spot. You could be searched or inspected by DOT, they find the gun and you are fired on the spot. In both cases having no gun you have no problem. A pithy phrase sounds good and EVERYBODY would rather win a jury trial than be dead. But nobody is guaranteed that's the choice they will have. Your choice could be going about your business or finding your way home from 7 states away with no notice.
     
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  5. Cottonmouth85

    Cottonmouth85 Bad Influence

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    That's why I said "arm yourself with knowledge" I'm independent and legal. I'm not suggesting anyone break laws or their company policy.
     
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  6. Pedigreed Bulldog

    Pedigreed Bulldog Road Train Member

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    If you aren't breaking any LAWS, law enforcement won't rat you out to the company. If you're delivering at a private corporation, there are limits as to what sort of searches they may perform. Hell, an old high school friend of mine is an armed guard at a nuclear power plant...and is responsible for vehicle searches for anyone entering the facility. He's allowed a "plain sight" search. He cannot open cabinets, lift the bunk, tear open the dash, dig through closed containers, etc. If it is sitting on the passenger seat, he'll find it. If it's in a duffle bag under the bunk, he won't. Now a military base or other government facility, they can perform a more intrusive search. Private security at a private company is a joke, and while I may open my door so they can peek inside, that's as far as it goes. "Out of sight, out of mind" is a pretty good rule of thumb...especially if your company doesn't permit you to have something.
     
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    I've never been searched anywhere, including crossing into Canada, since I started in 1994. I'd say the odds of being searched are very slim. But it's still a possibility. A false report from some 4-wheeler can lead to you being searched. Being dispatched onto a military base can lead to a search. Drivers drop trailer without lowering their landing gear, or rip off airlines, and forget things. Carrying the gun means your chance of leaving it where it's in plain sight is above zero. Not carrying a gun means zero chance of leaving it in plain sight. Like I said until we can accurately predict the future nobody can say whether it was better to have a gun with them or not have a gun with them. If you are being robbed in Gary, IN chances are you are better with a gun than without. If you are being searched for some routine business you are better off not having a gun.
     
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  9. Scottyboy

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    Back in the 80's,living in arizona,i had pistols,rifles n used to buy n sell n trade em like baseball cards.We'd go out in the desert n shoot eggs darn near every weekend.I carried n new how to handle a gun.That was then.
    I have a few now-at home.Personally-i dont feel the need to keep/have one in my truck.To be any good to me-i'd have to be carrying that pistol ####ed n in my hand-otherwise-what good is it in my holster w/the safety on?As i round the back of my trailer-all of a sudden theres a pistol in my face---------i really dont think the dude is going to let me unclip my holster,pull out my gun,pop the safety off n #### it,then point it at him.
    Just my thought.
    I'd be scared now in this crowded world that my bullet would go into a car or apartment building(scary thought)!
    Plus-guns are LOUD!Silence is golden.I rely on keeping aware,my hardwood tire thumper n my knife.Best bet is to DISARM your assailant-make sure he is hospitalized for a long time-keep your mouth shut n roll on.
     
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  10. I am medicineman

    I am medicineman Medium Load Member

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    Yes, you can carry in a CMV.
    No FMCSR covers it.
    But.....
    Firearm, Magazine capacity, Ammunition, method of carry/storage, and location in vehicle HAS to meet ALL State and Local laws wherever you are at.

    "Company Policy" is NOT the law.
    Be wary of ANY company or driver who tells you the lie that it is illegal to carry in a CMV.

    Go to a site that specializes in the subject of firearms carry for best answers.

    I carried in every location I went to without problem.
    KNOW your laws and you will be okay.
     
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  11. Sublime

    Sublime Road Train Member

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    handgunlaw.us is an excellent resource.
     
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