What are the Basic Rules for Gun Carriers Inside a Vehicle?

What are the Basic Rules for Gun Carriers Inside a Vehicle?

This is a discussion on What are the Basic Rules for Gun Carriers Inside a Vehicle? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I live in Southern, California and I don't have my CCW license yet. I was just wondering if I do get my license, will I ...

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    What are the Basic Rules for Gun Carriers Inside a Vehicle?

    I live in Southern, California and I don't have my CCW license yet. I was just wondering if I do get my license, will I be able to carry my gun in a holster, loaded OR will I have to put it in a case and lock it?? A little help would be appreciated, thanks.....


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    First of all welcome to the forum.

    By the tone of your posting I don't think that you have had nearly enough training in firearms to have asked such a question. We are certainly here to help but this question shows a considerable lack in the understanding of what CCW is.

    However, to answer your question, CCW means Concealed Carry Weapon.

    IF, you are fortunate enough to obtain a CCW permit in Los Angeles County.....A hearty congratulations. LA is one of the strictest jurisditions in the country to get a CCW. No you will not have to lock up or secure your firearm. You carry your gun in your preferred method of concealed carry, ie. Strong side OWB or IWB, Shoulder holster, belly bag or whatever.

    Concealed means just that. Concealed. An unloaded concealed firearm is little more than an expensive metal club.

    Once again, welcome to the best CCW forum on the net.
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    I actually know people who have CCW for the reason of transporting their weapons. Here in Maine you can transport a weapon unloaded and in Plain view without a CCW, but this is translated by some towns as "on your dash board". If anyone thinks its a grand idea to drive around with an unloaded handgun on their dashboard they are welcome to do it, but some anti-gun towns have confiscated weapons for being on the seat or in a case (not plain view).

    I would recommend talking to your attorney and finding out what the law in your area says, and how it is being interpretted locally. Second, define what you want to be able to do and determine if the CCW lets you do it. Good luck
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    In CA the weapon has to be unloaded and either the weapon or ammo has to be out of the direct control of an occupant... ie: in the trunk or in a locked case in the passenger compartment. The glovebox doesn't count unless it's locked. Interestingly, pickups are exempt from this separation rule. The weapon has to be unloaded, but here the glovebox counts as out of direct control, as does behind the seat.

    Good luck getting a CCP in Los Angeles. If you do, you'll be able to carry a loaded weapon on your person just about anywhere, including while riding around in your car.

    Everything will be explained in detail if you take a quality California CCW Class.
    You can also go to these two sites for more info:

    www.packing.org
    www.handgunlaw.us
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanksoldier

    In CA the weapon has to be unloaded and either the weapon or ammo has to be out of the direct control of an occupant... ie: in the trunk or in a locked case in the passenger compartment. The glovebox doesn't count unless it's locked. Interestingly, pickups are exempt from this separation rule. The weapon has to be unloaded, but here the glovebox counts as out of direct control, as does behind the seat.

    Everything will be explained in detail if you take a quality California CCW Class.
    You can also go to these two sites for more info:

    www.packing.org
    www.handgunlaw.us
    Welcome SS! Look at the two sites above - great detail. Ditto the above - a good class will be very helpful and worthwhile.

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    Welcome to the forum from Arizona -

    Best wishes on getting your CCW in CA - Your Penal Code Sections 12020, and following sections, cover CA laws on weapon transportation, etc. It can be confusing to a lot of folks. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock
    Welcome SS! Look at the two sites above - great detail. Ditto the above - a good class will be very helpful and worthwhile.
    Hey there, thank you all for helping me out. Yes, I know I am not yet qualified nor do have I the proper training for it, but I am planning to move to Orange County before obtaining my CCW license. Just for the record, I have no felonies / criminal background... lol, kinda odd since I come from a very bad, gang infested neighborhood. But I have an older brother in the US Navy and he's talked to me about obtaining a gun; oh yes, in Los Angeles it's VERY hard to get such a permit. I appreciate your time though...

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    BlackSS, I highly recommend getting a book called How to Own a Gun and Stay out of Jail in California. Seriously, buy this book, it will save you a LOT of time and prevent you from getting bad advice from gun store commandos.

    -Stryder (California refugee)

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    welcome, good luck getting a CCW permit, hope it works out for ya.
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    Welcome.

    Those two websites are great resources for information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stryder
    BlackSS, I highly recommend getting a book called How to Own a Gun and Stay out of Jail in California. Seriously, buy this book, it will save you a LOT of time and prevent you from getting bad advice from gun store commandos.

    -Stryder (California refugee)
    Do they have such a book? That's an odd name for a book, sell it anywhere?

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    Here is a link to a site that sells the book.

    http://www.homestead.com/gunlawpress...lications.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by stryder
    BlackSS, I highly recommend getting a book called How to Own a Gun and Stay out of Jail in California. Seriously, buy this book, it will save you a LOT of time and prevent you from getting bad advice from gun store commandos.

    -Stryder (California refugee)
    Better book would be: How to Own a Gun and Stay out of California
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    Or even: How to Own a Gun and Get Out of California

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    Here's some advice for you. Move out of the Union of Kalifornia Socialist Republics into a gun friendly state like Georgia or Florida. Seriously, welcome to the forum and good luck to you. Although it may not be feasible to move out of Kalifornia, you have taken the first step into a better world for you and your family. Seek training from a firearms instructor and familiarize yourself with the state and local laws.
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