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Old April 27th, 2013, 04:01 AM   #1
 
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Any truck drivers here carry? Since I got my permit, I've discovered what a PITA it is. I'm constantly going through IL so I have to unload and case my pistol every time. Laws vary from state to state, some allow in rest areas, some don't, in some states "no guns" signs carry the weight of law while others it's just a suggestion. I use handgunlaw.us to try and keep up but I run about 20 states and keeping up with all the various regulations is a rather daunting task. I get the impression a lot of professional drivers are armed but don't talk about it. How do you deal with this situation?



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Be extremely careful if you have a load to nj or ny. You are only covered by the federal pass thru provision. Keep the handgun unloaded cased and in a locked area not accessable tot you.
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I'd consider yourself lucky, and just try to do your research before passing through unfamiliar states. My dad works for a large trucking company, and he's not allowed to carry at all...though he says some of his co-workers probably do. He felt far more threatened when he drove in the city, and much less so since he started on night line haul. Though I can see why...I'd much rather drive from Cincinnati to West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky or Tennessee than drive through downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine every day too.
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I am not a truck driver but my job has me traveling into the states surrounding NC. And I travel frequently for pleasure to NY, IN, and Fl. I use an app on my Ipad and phone. CCW Concealed Carry 50 state. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ryan.ccw&hl=en It is available both for Apple and Android. It is easy to use and keeps updated every time a state law change is made.
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I haven't driven professionally in quite a few years. I think I remember though that according to the DOT (federal) you are not allowed to carry a firearm in a commercial vehicle. I could be mistaken or they may have changed it. Not sure but might be worth looking into.
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I am not a truck driver but my job has me traveling into the states surrounding NC. And I travel frequently for pleasure to NY, IN, and Fl. I use an app on my Ipad and phone. CCW Concealed Carry 50 state. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ryan.ccw&hl=en It is available both for Apple and Android. It is easy to use and keeps updated every time a state law change is made.
Thanks for the info on the app! I know this will come in handy when I travel.
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a buddy of mine drives semi and has a black powder 44 revolver in his cab. works for him. not Shure of the law- but so far black powder guns are some how different for a CDL truck.
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Thanks for all the replies. I've researched the FMCSA and I can't find any federal laws regarding firearms in commercial vehicles. I also heard an interview on Road Dog channel on XM and the guest- can't remember who he was anymore- stated the same thing. Luckily I don't go into NY and rarely NJ. Some of the places I go to like the south side of Chicago, Gary, Detroit and Birmingham are pretty rough and I think I'll take my chances. I don't have a smart phone so I can't use the app suggested. I have found that if you have to load and unload a lot a cartridge with a good cannelure keeps the bullets from getting set back. Currently I'm using Hornady Critical Defense and they're holding up pretty well. Also, if you have to go onto a military base or any area where firearms are strictly forbidden, Gander Mountain and some of the LGS's (Shout out to Reloader's Supply in Richmond, KY) will store it for you, but usually not the ammo. You can also use some pawn shops but they are required to follow the waiting period of your home state to pick it back up.
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One more item I just remembered and this I am sure about----- DO NOT cross into Canada with a gun in the truck!!!!!!!
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One more item I just remembered and this I am sure about----- DO NOT cross into Canada with a gun in the truck!!!!!!!
Or cigarettes.
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I haven't driven professionally in quite a few years. I think I remember though that according to the DOT (federal) you are not allowed to carry a firearm in a commercial vehicle. I could be mistaken or they may have changed it. Not sure but might be worth looking into.
That is an old tale that trucking companies used to try and make their drivers tow the line on the companies no gun policy. Is not in the books.

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bwinters: Be extremely careful if you have a load to nj or ny. You are only covered by the federal pass thru provision. Keep the handgun unloaded cased and in a locked area not accessable tot you.
Make sure that you don't have a scheduled stop or stay overnight at a motel in NY, NJ, Ma, and Md. When you stop you are no longer a traveler. For what it's worth, in NJ the federal travel guidelines are only a suggestion for your defense. They will make you prove your traveler status in court if they find the gun.

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j3rd: Some of the places I go to like the south side of Chicago,
This is the place the will burn you bad if you happen to have to use your weapon. Be careful and really try to avoid any kind of confrontation.



Also make sure you don't enter into any federal installation with a gun or ammo. Many have dogs that can quickly sniff out a hidden 22 short round.

If you go into Ok. watch out in the tribal lands that are along many of the highways. Their tribal laws don't align with the state. Just about all the casino/truck stops are "gun free zones".

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a buddy of mine drives semi and has a black powder 44 revolver in his cab. works for him. not Shure of the law- but so far black powder guns are some how different for a CDL truck.
This varies by state also. Here again don't try it on a federal installation either.
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a buddy of mine drives semi and has a black powder 44 revolver in his cab. works for him. not Shure of the law- but so far black powder guns are some how different for a CDL truck.
Be aware that in Illinois, a black powder firearm is viewed just the same as any other firearm. In other words unloaded (for BP pistols that is percussion caps pulled) and in a case not accessible to occupants or driver. Sorry, please let your friend know.
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