Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Texas: Loaded shotgun in vehicle?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Vicious-Peanut, Feb 21, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Vicious-Peanut

    Vicious-Peanut Member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Messages:
    670
    Location:
    Texas
    Hey everyone,

    I wanted to double check the legality of having a loaded shotgun in your vehicle, particularly under a jacket or such. My understanding is that it is legal, but I don't know if you attempt to 'hide' it? Also does anything change if you drive and park on university property?

    Thanks
     
  2. nalioth

    nalioth Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Messages:
    5,841
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    There are no restrictions on the carriage of long guns in Texas.

    None.

    Keep in mind the general firearm restrictions (not in a voting booth, "gun free zones", etc)
     
  3. Vicious-Peanut

    Vicious-Peanut Member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Messages:
    670
    Location:
    Texas
    Cool, thanks.

    Good thing I don't take my truck into vote with me. :D
     
  4. devildog32713

    devildog32713 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Messages:
    437
    Location:
    Volunteer State
    hmmm, I need to look up the Tennessee laws on this...
     
  5. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2003
    Messages:
    18,302
    Location:
    Ft. Worth
    As mentioned, no long gun laws really at all. Open or concealed, whatever. As for the other question, firearms are prohibited:

    The definition of premise however:

    So, in the car is good.
     
  6. Dokkalfar

    Dokkalfar Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2009
    Messages:
    390
    Legally, as TexasRifleman mentioned above, no. All perfectly legal outside of university buildings.

    However, the university itself can take (not legal, but I can't think of the term I want here...) action against you within the school system. I don't know what university you would refer to, but SMU's Student Code of Conduct (which all students sign) states that you agree to not bring any firearms onto school-owned property, unless you are specifically going to or leaving the firearm check-in in Patterson Hall (police station) So, while the school can take administrative (that's the word!) action, and possibly kick you out or other discipline, you are legally clear.
     
  7. Chas.

    Chas. Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2008
    Messages:
    48
    Location:
    East Tenn.
    I just read this a couple of days ago. The legislature recently passed legislation that permits a permit holder carrying a loaded shotgun or rifle in a vehicle, PROVIDED no round is chambered.
     
  8. GEM

    GEM Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2004
    Messages:
    4,354
    Location:
    TX
    I'm such a wet blanket. San Antonio has a city ordinance against loaded long arms in cars. We've discussed it and quoted it on Glock Talk (so you can search there for the reference).

    It is constitutional (State of TX version), probably not. Has it been challenged? Not to my knowledge.

    Do the cops think they can bust you for it? YES! I personally called the SAPD and their spokesperson says they can.

    The ordinance was designed to take away gang members with SKS rifles.

    So I caution you about this in San Antonio, you might beat the charge but maybe not the ride.

    Also, if the long arm is seen on the campus - however, be prepared to meet the law. Better make darn sure, no one can see it. In today's environment, they are not going to give you an RKBA prize.

    Now, don't flame me - I'm just telling you what is.
     
  9. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2003
    Messages:
    18,302
    Location:
    Ft. Worth
    Texas has a VERY strong preemption law.

    Not a chance it would ever hold up, and they would be writing checks like mad if they actually arrested someone for it.

    Personally I'd consider it a lottery win to be arrested for open carry of a shotgun in San Antonio.

    Texas Penal Code:

    They could conceivably levy a fine, but with no criminal charges.

    Now, I have no doubt they would tell you they would arrest for it if asked.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2010
  10. nalioth

    nalioth Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Messages:
    5,841
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    San Antonio has a few of these "faux" laws on it's books (all purportedly to keep gang bangers disarmed).
     
  11. GEM

    GEM Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2004
    Messages:
    4,354
    Location:
    TX
    I am surprised the TSRA never took it on. But they have their own interests.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page