This is a discussion on Can Commercial Truck Drivers Carry? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Gary Slider There is no federal law. When driving a commercial truck the driver must follow the laws of the state they ...
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Thanks again, Gary. Honestly, the atlas maps for New York, Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts (and a couple others) are ones I quit looking at when I started carrying a firearm. I know New York and NJ are particularly repressive, but they are even worse than I thought. I have to travel through Illinois from time to time, always stopping before and after the state line to remain legal. CPZ signs at shippers and receivers are another matter entirely, beyond the scope of my original questions here.
Thing is in Illinois you can secure your firearm and if you stop for the night you can take it into your motel room and you are not breaking an IL law. Now in Chicago you may not be legal as they have all kinds of laws that are very difficult to follow since they are like NY City and like their own state within a state. But in NY, NJ you are and after looking at MA laws for years I don't think you can in MA either but their laws are so screwed up and spread out in their laws I am not sure. But it looks to me like MA is the same as NY and NJ.
The one law a driver would have to really be on guard for is the Gun Free School Zone law, providing he is ccw'ing. The reciprocity laws of out of state ccw's do not apply within 1000 ft. of a school. Violation of this law is a felony punishable by 5yrs. If you are in an out of state school zone your weapon has to be unloaded, separate from the ammo and in a locked box. With as many school zones as I go through in any one day while I'm running my routes in Tn. Its pretty much useless to even bring a gun.
The 1000 foot school Federal Law is a feel good law. I can not find where one person was charged for this unless they were charged with another crime taking place within 1000 foot of a school. IT is an add on charge that will be used against those who break another law. Just like selling drugs within 1000 foot of a school. They are breaking another law before they are charged with breaking that law.
There is no federal law or regulation that prohibits a commercial truck driver from possessing a firearm. Urban myth. There are, however, company policies that prohibit firearms in company trucks. The various state laws do apply, so do your research of the states you plan on driving through.
Anyone, driving any motor vehicle of any kind, is protected under the Firearm Owner's Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. § 921. That act sets standards on HOW you carry but does not prohibit possession. Firearm Owners Protection Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If you drive for "BFT Trucking," and they have a policy against guns in their trucks, whether or not you adhere to that policy is up to you. Classic choice: Shall I be safe, or shall I continue to be employed with this company?
Next time you hear someone claim that law or DOT regulation, ask them to give you the legal citation. They won't be able to, because it does not exist.
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I am a licensed class a cdl driver with a ky conceal carry permit. I too had this question so I called the weigh station in my state to ask them being as they would know and with a ccdw permit you are perfectly legal to carry a firearm in a commercial vehicle. There is no law federal or state that prohibits you from carrying in your rig. The state you are in must recognize your states permit. This is according to the dot officers in my state. Hope this helps.
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If the company has rules against it, its just like a company rule for one with a building.
What do you value more: Your second amendment rights or your job?. Make a choise.
The trucking companies are afraid of you having to legally use it, then they get sued.
After all you came out of one of their trucks with a gun........
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Consult your union representatives. This is the one area your due entitle you some representation. If I was a OTR driver, I would never be without at least 2 guns and 200 rounds of ammo, which I tend to shoot off at the end of a long run or once a month to keep in top form. You guys are exposed to more bad elements from across the land than any of us, who tend to have better chance to study and be familiar with our surrounding since we live here.