Concealed carry and the US Dep't of Transportation

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    Concealed carry and the US Dep't of Transportation

    As a law abiding, commercial driver with a valid concealed carry permit, I feel that there needs to be a change in the laws regarding firearms carry in commercial vehicles. Right now it is strictly forbidden by federal code, regardless of a person's legality to carry otherwise. Think about it; truckers drive rigs that are ripe for highjacking, and a lot of the loads are hazardous materials, perfect for terrorist plots. Highjackers are well armed, law enforcement (such as it is) is scarce and always too far away to help, even if they were inclined to do so. All too often the driver is dead, the rig stolen, and it could have been avoided had the driver been able to defend himself and his rig with something more effective than a stick used for thumping tires. If you agree, please write your congressmen/senators and voice your opinions.

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    You are correct and I agree.

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    No argument there.

    Most truckers that I have stopped as a Deputy had weapons. If they had reasonably clear traffic checks, I didnt give them any grief over it.
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    "strictly forbidden by federal code"

    Welcome to the forum, not to jump on you or anything, this is the first I have heard of this, so could you provide a link to this forbidden code??

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    Ridiculous. I have a friend that's unarmed security... he too "surrenders his right to concealed carry" when he goes on duty. Like you, he might as well have a sign around his neck that says "rob me, do with me as you will, I'm unarmed".

    Needs to change.
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    Concealed carry is NOT prohibited by the USDOT.

    Please provide an actual link to any USDOT documents that prove otherwise.

    Not to be harsh, but I don't care what your teacher, boss, friend, coworker, or friendly cop told you.

    Look up the laws for yourself.

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    This one has kind of become a

    It is not against federal code. If it is, please provide a link.

    Some time ago a member here even posted an article as to where the origins of this myth came from.

    I will have to do some searching unless someone else pops up with the link.
    I will support gun control when you can guarantee all guns are removed from this planet. That includes military and law enforcement. When you can accomplish that, then I will be the last person to lay down my gun. Then I will carry the weapon that replaces the gun.

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    I too am sure that this is an "Urban" Myth!!! This has been discussed before...
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    I drive a commercial vehicle and have gone through DOT stops and have informed the officers that I was carrying, and there were no ill effects.

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    While not "against the law," to the best of my knowledge it is against every shipper's corporate policy, and they are pretty hard-core about it. Not everyone can go independent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72 View Post
    While not "against the law," to the best of my knowledge it is against every shipper's corporate policy, and they are pretty hard-core about it. Not everyone can go independent...
    You know the saying, though Rob: Fired and not dead beats the heck out of dead and not fired.

    (At least many of us on this side of dead feel that way!)
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    I've read the Federal Motor Carrier Regulation handbook front to back and back to front and can find nothing prohibiting firearms. Company policy and shippers and recievers may prohibit them though. [Don't ask--Don't tell] if you are otherwise legal per the states you are traveling in.

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    Carry concealed locked loaded preparing for that day when you least expect it a solution to your situation will be at hand.

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    I spent 20 minutes on the phone the end of Dec. 07 with the NE State Patrol, and they said from what they could see if I was staying in state--- no problem with them. He had me on hold twice, and still came back with the same answer.


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    I can say as a transportation manager that their is no such regulation in the
    motor carrier book, just a myth that has been passed around a long time
    I stay current on DOT regulations and their is none for this.
    But state laws do apply for the state that you are in!

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