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Camping but no CCL - Gun in tent question.

Discussion in 'Legal' started by chevyman097, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. chevyman097

    chevyman097 Well-Known Member

    Im planning a camping trip soon ( in Texas). Just a public camping place. I know in Texas im perfectly legal to carry a gun in my vehicle with no CCL. But can I take the gun(will be taking my handgun) from my vehicle to my tent at night? I really dont want to be unarmed at night out in the middle of nowhere. I have heard more cases than usual this year of vandals and theft in camps around Texas.

    I know I need to get my CCL :scrutiny: Im working on that. :cool:
  2. x_wrench

    x_wrench Well-Known Member

    what's that saying...?? oh yes, i would rather be judged by 12, than be carried by 6. i do not know texas law, or how much trouble you could get into. but if no one see's you with it, how will anyone know. if the need comes, where you are fighting for your life, then, the above saying really is true.
  3. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    Unless you've completed the class and are awaiting its arrival in the mail, then I'm guessing that you're not.

    Just bite the bullet. Don't be "working on it" (aka have some vague future intentions to get to it one day). Sign up for the class. Heck if you don't have anything on your schedule this weekend find a place and do it Saturday. Then when these situations come up you won't need to worry about it.

    Trust me, it's better to just do stuff than to plan on doing it.
  4. Scout Dork

    Scout Dork Active Member

    Your "tent" becomes your Habitation.

    If you paid for a "spot" then that becomes your land, just like a motel room. Castle Doctrine law allows for open carry on land under your control.

    Also, long gun are totally legal to carry open in Texas.

    I just got a ccl, not to carry all the time, to be legal all the time.
  5. chevyman097

    chevyman097 Well-Known Member

    Thankyou scott. That is pretty much what I was understanding of the "castle doctrine" but I wanted to make sure my understanding of it was clear.
  6. calaverasslim

    calaverasslim Well-Known Member

    Scott, your right and wrong at the same time. A lot depends on the land opwners position. If he/she posts that no guns allowed, then the camper is not allowed to carry as yiou state. I recommend that the camper put the gun in the tent and leave it there. No open carry as you suggest and since he does not have a conceal carry, then thats out also.

    Keep the gun in the truck or in the tent.
  7. chevyman097

    chevyman097 Well-Known Member

    ya I plan on only keeping a gun handy in the truck and tent. I just dont think i could sleep well at night being unarmed....

    Not going to carry it otherwise as I want to stay legal by all means.
  8. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    You should be alright but some parks ban firearms so check.
  9. Scout Dork

    Scout Dork Active Member


    He stated "public"

    I understand the Texas State Parks system is run like it is a private operation and that they have their "rules"

    Then there is also Big Bend & Guadalupe that is federal. From there web site:


    As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

    I'm not worried about having a gun in the tent. It is when he goes and does an activity and the truck gets broken into. Have a secure lock box in the truck.
  10. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member


    You're perfectly legal in your tent, in your vehicle and in between your tent and vehicle. You will only be breaking the law if the campgound has the proper 30.06 sign posted.

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