Texas Rifle law

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    Texas Rifle law

    Is there any law in Tx regarding rifles on display in a vehicle?
    Any restriction on carrying one in a rack, I see them but do they have to be unloaded?
    I didn't hear of any regulations, just wondered - a search did not help.

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    My gosh, no one has answered. I just thought I would at least post so the thread doesn't disappear. I don't have an answer for you.

    When we first moved here almost 40 years ago it was common place for people to have gun racks in the back of their trucks with rifles / shotguns on there.

    I have no idea if those were allowed to be loaded, but it would not appear to be a safe thing; not one in the chamber-- maybe a magazine or some in the shotgun feed tube (whatever it is called).

    I have a very vague recollection that the law was changed to forbid this practice of carrying openly in a rack, but I am not certain and could be very wrong. All I know is that after awhile I started seeing umbrellas in those racks. And then, that fad fizzled out as well.

    I have a hunch that the "is it legal" part is tied up in the hunting laws and the hunting seasons, but again, I'm just guessing and don't know.

    I'd suggest you check the hunting regulations or ask a hunter's safety instructor. Or, find a game warden and ask. Then of course, double check the code to make sure that the answer you got is reliable.

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    I just moved from Texas, and the last time I checked (last year), there are no 'rifle' laws in Texas; you can have it in your vehicle, concealed, in the open, unloaded or loaded. Unless of course you are a convicted felon.
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    Perfectly legal.

    I wouldn't use one of the racks for the back window of a pickup truck, especially if you live in a major city. If left unattended, you're almost certain to have a broken window and guns missing.

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    In many parts of the south rifles and shotguns are not considered weapons. They fall under the sporting arms category. While you may not be in violation of criminal law check closely the Game and Fish Regulations about carrying a loaded long gun just to make sure you are not running amuck of the opossum police.
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    Good way to get a gun stolen,
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    there is no restriction on possessing/carrying/displaying a rifle/shotgun in the manner you're describing
    as far as firearms....unlawful carrying of a weapon only applies to handguns, so its legal to have rifle/shotguns in your car or on your person no permit required

    the only law pertinent to this displaying a long gun is in the disorderly statute:
    Sec. 42.01. DISORDERLY CONDUCT. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly:
    (8)"displays a firearm or other deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm"

    and with people having them in gun racks of pickups for years its pretty well accepted

    I would really think about displaying in this manner just for the purpose of some tool scoring a free rifle when they break our your window
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    I think thief had as much to do with the "rear window gun racks" going away for the most part as any laws. Poeple are much more diligent about "securing" firearms in vehicles than in the past.
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    Do people still have gun racks in the back window? Guess I haven't noticed any since I was younger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hihosilver View Post
    Do people still have gun racks in the back window? Guess I haven't noticed any since I was younger.
    I got one from my son for my birthday this year!
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    they hold a fishing rod real well

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    Quote Originally Posted by hihosilver View Post
    Do people still have gun racks in the back window? Guess I haven't noticed any since I was younger.
    yes, I still see them
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