Taking a rifle on a motorcycle? (Indiana)

Taking a rifle on a motorcycle? (Indiana)

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    Question Taking a rifle on a motorcycle? (Indiana)

    Just curious, but if I was wanting to go to the range on a motorcycle would it be legal to take long guns? Whether it be on one of those fork scabbards, slung to my back unloaded, a case strapped down to the bike, etc. Is there any legal way to carry a rifle on a motorcycle in Indiana?
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    Good question. Just stay out of the Whataburgers if it is.

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    If OC is legal there as it is here I have been known to sling the SKS across my back and take it with me to go shoot or hunt or whatever if riding the bike.
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    Based on multiple searches, looking through IC, and multiple forum conversations. There appears to be no laws regarding carrying rifles loaded or unloaded. If there are no laws against it, it can't be illegal. Has anyone else found anything stating otherwise?
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    I have a Kel Tec Sub-2000 in .40 that folds in half and would easily fit into most motorcycle saddlebags. Having been a veteran of a few motorcycle accidents, I don't think I would have wanted a rifle strapped to my body during any of these mishaps. Good luck!
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    In the state of Indiana, you don't need a permit to carry/own a rifle. Whether on a bike or not.
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    What is YOUR State Law? Have you researched it? If it says you CAN Open Carry it, then it's a good to go thing. Here in New Hampshire, we have people who ride to the range with their Bike (motorcycle) Rifle on their back, or handgun holstered on their waist, and it's perfectly legal.
    HONESTLY now, since you're ON A MOTORCYCLE, If I were you, I'd have it in a soft case, to insure that should you go down on the bike, the rifle doesn't go skidding across the road. That is something I would do if I were riding my Bike to the range. Your conditions for riding my be different.
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    Years ago when I lived in Tucson my buddy and I went plinking in the desert and took the bikes
    I had my 12 ga riot gun( didn't use the word tacticool back then)
    And he had his scoped 10/22. Guns were slung across our backs and no one batted an eye going out or coming back

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    I have done it in Indiana. Wore a jacket over a slung rifle. Muzzle sticking out of collar, stock sticking out the bottom. I have also carried a broken down double-barrel in my saddle bags with the barrels sticking out of one.

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    soft backpack-style guitar gig bag. if your rifle is very long get one for a bass. depending where you are, just because rifle open carry may be 100% legal and not require a permit, doesn't mean that riding around with an AK-47 with magazine loaded is the smartest thing to do. Bikers get hassled by cops too much as it is; I'm never giving a cop any additional reason to pull me over.
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    I know of no law in Indiana that would prevent you from carrying a shotgun/rifle on a motorcycle.
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    I am not getting into the OC legal or not..not my state

    I would not want to ride with it on my body incase of an accident.

    I would check with ATV dealers or online stores for a hardcase scabbard.. most sell them for hunters who use ATVs. find a way to mount or strap it to the scooter and go.... wonder if that would count as OC?

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    -Several cases of beer at one time (gotta love hard saddle bags)
    -front and rear tire/rims off my other motorcycle to and from tire shop
    -tall stack of boxes of new housewares I found onsale about 80 miles from home
    -and assortend things/people I will deny were on there

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    I dont see how it would be illegal giving current law, but I think slinging a rifle across your back may draw unwanted attention. If it is something you really want to do, I would figure out how to mount a case on your bike. I would contact the state police, sherrifs, and local LE and see what all of them say...you would be suprised how their answers may differ.
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