Transporting firearms in a truck cab.
Long story short we are moving from Ft. Belvoir, Virginia to Ft. Lee, Virginia. The packers/movers will be here tomorrow. I want to transport my firearms separately (avoids tons of paperwork from the moving company).
My question pertains to the transport of the firearms in my dad's truck. I will likely be driving it down (and I have a CHP). However, at some point my dad may be operating the vehicle. If the guns are unloaded and locked away in their cases behind the seats (read: not easily accessible) could there be an issue if he gets pulled over? (He does not have a CHP (yet ;)).
Virginia Law 18.2-308 states:
However, in the pamphlet provided by the VA State Police it also states (directly under that section ^^) that:
§18.2-308 - Prohibits the carrying of any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart; or any weapon of like kind by any person hidden from common observance about his person. Any of the enumerated weapons shall be seized and forfeited to the Commonwealth. A weapon shall be deemed to be hidden from common observation when it is observable but is of such deceptive appearance as to disguise the weapon's true nature.
Based on the statute and decisions rendered by the Supreme Court, a weapon is considered to be concealed at any time it is placed in a location as to be within reach of the person, without the person being required to make an overt act to retrieve such weapon, when the weapon is hidden from common observation.
My interpretation of that says that: If its locked away and not within reach then my dad should be A-OK if he is pulled over.
Am I wrong?
Federal Transportation of Firearms
There is a Federal Transportation of Firearms law that over rides local law. The Federal Transportation of Firearms law is good in all 50 states. But do not make stops in anti-gun states. Drive straight through these states. New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Guns unaccesiable as possiable. If the guns are cased and unloaded. The ammo is cased and seperate. Any magazines should be empty and not stored with the guns. You will be good to go following these plans.