Illegal to carry long rifle concealed in vehicle?

This is a discussion on Illegal to carry long rifle concealed in vehicle? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by los Correct. The key issue with my inquiry is the "loaded" part. That is, one in the chamber, loaded magazine inserted. Even ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Correct. The key issue with my inquiry is the "loaded" part.

    That is, one in the chamber, loaded magazine inserted.

    Even though the AR-15 will be secured in a Pelican Case in the Trunk.
    That is the issue alright, including some places laying or leaning a loaded long gun on the out side of the vehicle is a no no. At least, it was when I lived in was. state.

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    Each person should reade their state laws real carefully. The washington law reads "in or on a motor vehicle". This means that if you get out of your vehicle, load your rifle or shotgun, then lay it accross the hood of your vehicle, you have just broken the law and can be cited with a violation. It has happened.

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse. It is each persons responsibility to know their states laws or for that matter the laws of the states you may go into with a gun.

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    Laws aside, it's not a good idea to leave a round in the chamber of most long guns anyway, due to floating firing pins. If you have time to access the rifle, you'll probably have time to cycle the bolt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Correct. The key issue with my inquiry is the "loaded" part.

    That is, one in the chamber, loaded magazine inserted.

    Even though the AR-15 will be secured in a Pelican Case in the Trunk.
    Texas law does not distinguish on whether a firearm has a loaded mag inserted or round in the chamber or not
    ....that being said, personally I would not keep a round in the chamber of a rifle or shotgun that is being carried in a vehicle
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    Not illegal in Texas

    Its not illegal to carry a loaded rifle in your vehicle in Texas. Concealed or unconcealed, permit or no permit. You can carry one down the street if you so wish.

    HOWEVER, it must not be done in a manner which may cause 'alarm'. So I guess it depends on where.

    Everyone in Texas has seen a pickup with a gun rack.

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    Wow, I'm glad I live in Arizona... We only regulate "deadly weapons" so it applies to all of it. As far as trunk carry, loaded or not, chambered or not, we can carry it in the trunk without a permit. In fact, we can carry in a glove compartment, trunk, even the map compartment on the door without a permit. If we open carry a deadly weapon (e.g. regular gun rack or even a sky/roof mount) there are no restrictions.

    As far as me, I have a .223 rifle in my trunk with 100 rounds all loaded into mags. I don't keep it chambered because I figure if I should have time to get to the trunk of my car, I have enough time to pop a mag in and chamber it.

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    I believe in Kansas the concealed permit is for HANDGUNS and nothing else.
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    Ohio here, and the gun must be in a compartment not accessable to the driver without exiting the vehicle, the ammunition locked in a seperate compartment.

    For me? My SKS is in the trunk, and the stripper clips in a pouch in the glove compartment. My G26 stays in my pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by los View Post
    Assume a person has a Concealed Handgun License. Would it be illegal for that person to carry a loaded tactical shotgun or rifle (AR15), secured in a case, in the trunk of the vehicle?

    An LEO buddy of mine states that here in Texas, a CHL'd person can carry multiple handguns on his person at one time (I do it all the time), but carrying a loaded Tactical Shotgun or Rifle in the vehicle is illegal.

    Make sense?

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    I'm not an LEO but I think your LEO friend is misinformed. In Texas you can carry a loading long gun down the street over your should if you want. Don't get me wrong, you will draw some unwanted LEO attention but there are no laws forbidding loading long guns anywhere in Texas. I've searched high and low and I couldn't find any. If anyone else can find any, please let me know.
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    In California you can NOT have a loaded rifle in your car. However you can have an unloaded rifle in your car and the ammo near it, but not attached to it.

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    My thoughts are that you should quit doing / or hanging around with folks/ activity's that will lead to a full vehicle search in the first place , secondly lock the rifle case and make them get a warrant to open it . With that being said IMHO there is NO reason to transport a long gun with a loaded chamber and myself look at the practice as being semi unsafe due to the minimal physical security of most long gun's safetys .
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    "If you have a CCW permit it's OK to have a long gun in your vehicle, but only if it's magazine-loaded. No rounds in the chamber allowed."

    "No CCW, no magazine or chamber-loaded long guns allowed."

    Just be careful not to run afoul of a game warden. OK game law does not permit chamber or magazine loaded guns in vehicles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Geoff View Post
    Really? I'd never heard that before. I've always assumed that so long as you have a LTCF, you could leave your long guns loaded in your vehicle. It is, after all, a license to carry FIREARMS, not a license to carry handguns.
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