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Guns in the trunk.

Discussion in 'Legal' started by The-Reaver, Jan 18, 2011.

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  1. The-Reaver

    The-Reaver Member

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    I live in Florida and every where I go I have my " get home bag " in this get home bag I have a pistol ( unloaded ) and some various supplies.
    My question is " is it illegal to do that? and if its not would it be illegal to put it say, in the front seat? " :eek:

    Or have I been breaking the law and need to stop? :eek:
     
  2. mickeygrimreaperblueeyes

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    Peaceable Journey Law/ Federal End

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

    PART I - CRIMES

    CHAPTER 44 - FIREARMS

    -HEAD-

    Sec. 926A. Interstate transportation of firearms

    -STATUTE-

    Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or

    regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any

    person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from

    transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to

    transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he

    may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place

    where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during

    such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the

    firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible

    or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such

    transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle

    without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the

    firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container

    other than the glove compartment or console.
     
  3. The-Reaver

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    So im retarded, what does all that political mumbo mean?
     
  4. Der Stro

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    I feel like I hit all the key points.
     
  5. The-Reaver

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    Awesome thanks.
     
  6. nalioth

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    Keep in mind that the law quoted is the Federal law for interstate travel.

    It is not state law, which will answer your "I live in Florida" & "Can I keep it on the front seat?" question.
     
  7. 357_

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    If you are interested in carrying across state lines I've found HandgunLaws to be invaluable!

    Personally, I'd suggest getting a Florida CWL (Concealed Weapon Licence aka CCW permit)

    From what I've read it requires:
    -$117 for the application
    -Firearms class ($25-150) or dd-214
    -Finger Print Card (Electronic is fastest and $44.95)
    -Passport quality photo (Wal-Mart $7.00)
    -Signed oath that you read Florida State Statute 790 which is in the packet which you can request HERE
    -The entire packet must be notarized

    The permit is good for 7years and takes 90days. The good news is they are shall issue and valid in 33 states as a resident or 31 for non-resident.

    Hope that helps and always you should check the laws yourself or consult a lawyer for the best advice!

    ~Edit~ Seems like $200 is a lot of money, but over the course of 7years you're looking at $30 a year. That is pretty cheap as opposed to court, bail, fine and lawyer fees. Not to mention the likely loss of your gun(s) and any civil court costs you could encounter in the worse case scenarios.
     
  8. kingpin008

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    Guys, the OP is talking about transporting a handgun in his car within the state of Florida. The Peaceable Journey law quooted by MickeyGrimReaper is 100% inapplicable, since it's Federal (not state) law, and applies to interstate (not intrastate) carry of firearms.

    What you need to do is research FLORIDA law. I suggest starting at handgunlaw.us and going from there.
     
  9. brboyer

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    Perfectly legal to keep a firearm (loaded, unloaded, however you want) in your trunk, glove-box, center console, etc. CWFL not required.

     
  10. Frank Ettin

    Frank Ettin Moderator

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    And of course the ultimate resolution would be to get a Florida CCW.
     
  11. pikid89

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    Within the sate of florida-
    w/o ccw--- a long gun can be transported loaded or unloaded wherever you want...ceiling rack, window rack, crack in the seat, on the dashboard, whatever
    a handgun may be loaded but CANNOT BE IMMEDIATLY ACCESSABLE. Read that however you wish but from what i can tell, basically you can keep it loaded in a zipped bag or a box with a lid or your glove box or center console. Some lawyers i have read (FL handgun laws book) have interpreted not immediatly accessable as a holster with a snap or other retention on it, but they are not the lawmakers and YMMV.

    now if you do have your FL CCW, than you can put your handgun wherever you want in whatever condition you want it in.
     
  12. Art Eatman

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    Post #9 oughta be clear enough...
     
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