18 yr old daughter going off to college
I am training my 18 yr old daughter in the use of firearms. If it were legal, she would like to conceal carry now - but of course that must wait in our state (Texas) until 21. She goes off to college next Fall and has asked me if she could have a home defense shotgun (pistol grip/short barrel) for her own protection when in her car traveling to/from school. As far as I know she can legally own and transport a shotgun. Does anyone know if she can keep it in her car when she is driving or must it be in the trunk. Texas has just expanded the gun laws to allow a handgun in the car while traveling. Is the shotgun a good idea or can I get her a handgun instead? I know her college will not allow handguns in dorm or on campus - but maybe the shotgun in her trunk?. She is quite petite and she cannot handle more than a 20 ga, but a 410 would work better for her. What do you think?
Don't know Texas law, but in Virginia
and in my county it's a county ordinance that'll stop you from having a loaded shotgun in the vehicle.
Virginia does have a preemption law to prevent local governments from regulating the owning and carrying of handguns. But they can control hunting and discharge of firearms. My county specifically bans loaded rifles and shotguns in vehicles. So you need to check all levels of ordinances.