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Truck Gun Racks

Discussion in 'Legal' started by littlmak, May 13, 2008.

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  1. littlmak

    littlmak Member

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    I hear the polititions and the media talking about them a lot. But, I haven't seen one in use for years. are they even legal anymore?
     
  2. Match14

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    I think that would depend on your state's laws. Here in Indiana there isn't a law against it, but I never actually seen one, although I've heard of others having one.
     
  3. Steve in PA

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    Legal here in PA. You see lots of people with guns in the racks during hunting season.
     
  4. cassandrasdaddy

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    the preffered storage metod for a 54 inch level and an umbrellla
     
  5. Bob R

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    I actually saw a pickup with a gun in the gun rack parked at an apartment complex the other day. I was driving by and it was pretty obvious.

    bob
     
  6. Thernlund

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    Hmmm... seems irresponsible to just leave a gun in a gun rack, visible and unattended.

    I guess your location also factors in. Rural town of 200 people who all know each other, ok. Downtown Dallas, maybe not.


    -T.
     
  7. Gunsby_Blazen

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    The reason you don't see that much anymore is because you cant trust anyone. It will get stolen. I live out in rural Illinois and I don't see them around much but every now and then I see one on a country beater. I don't know if they are illegal here, my state is rather strict. I don't think it is illegal though... but I do know that I wouldn't leave it sitting there in my truck, wouldn't want to risk loosing it.

    Perhaps there are limitations for individual cities...
     
  8. p2000sk

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    Quoting myself

    Here in CT, open carry went away at about the same time as the rifles on a trucks gunrack. Feel +and- about that. If your truck were to be considered an extension of home property, it's your gunrack and I feel you should be able to display whatever you like there.
    Here in CT that's a good way to get warned about a charge, at the very least.
     
  9. p2000sk

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    I would reccomend watching a movie called "Wrong turn",
    then "Wrong turn 2". Part 2 is a bit cheesy, but there is a truck in
    that movie with a gunrack. I think it is a registered short barrel shotgun
    or maybe an AOW, anyhow, if you wanna see a gunrack being used,
    rent the movies.
     
  10. jrfoxx

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    I've seen it on occasion here. Most racks looked empty, some had something in it. Hard to tell while just driving around though. Perfectly legal here, even if the gun is loaded. I'd love to have a rack with a loaded rifle in it, but as was mentioned, unless you live in serious BFE, in a tiny town, then sadly, the days of the gun being there when you come back, are pretty much over due to scumbag thieves. If I was going out to hunt or target shoot, and knew I wasnt going to be stopping anywhere, I'd do it, but thats it. too risky anymore, at least anywhere around this area IMHO.

    If it works for you though, more power too you. Enjoy, and know that I'm envious.
     
  11. Owens

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    Time was when they were used for rifles/shotguns, and in students pickups on school parking lots! GASP! Didn't have problems with it.

    Now I see them used more for 4' levels, hot-shots (AKA electric cattle prods), ropes and an occasional gun (in the country) storage spot.

    It ain't the rack thats the problem these days. It's whats in it.
    I miss seeing the guns on display.
     
  12. TexasRifleman

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    Prolly still a required option in parts of Texas..... we have NO long gun laws here as a practical matter.

    Politicians and the media talk about a LOT of things that don't matter.

    The only reason people are not using them to hold guns as much is because theft has gone through the roof.

    When I was in high school my varmint rifle hung in the window of my truck in the school parking lot every day for 2 years and never killed anyone.
     
  13. Gingerbreadman

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    In minnesota firearms are required to be secured in a gun case when moving them (I don't think CCW applies). Even if they were legal to use them the way they are intended, I wouldn't, unless I was always in attendance.

    I saw a pickup with a gun rack that had a baseball bat in it.
     
  14. aguyindallas

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    Last deer season I saw a truck in north dallas with an SKS hanging from a rack. Almost brought a tear to my eye.
     
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    The last gun rack I mounted to store a rifle was down behind the seat so it couldn't be seen. The one up in the rear window held a lariat.
     
  16. ashtxsniper

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    Had one years ago but you cant trust people nowdays.
     
  17. TallPine

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    There's a bolt action 22 in the window gun rack of my pickup most of the time. It's only in town every couple months or so, to fill with gas and take garbage to the county dump.

    It's not that common anymore, but certainly not unseen. I don't think that most of the newer pickups (mostly extended cabs) work that well with a window rack.
     
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    I want a decent one. I bought one of the Wally World jobbers and calapses under weight. It seems as if it doesn't quit extend tall enough for my window. It is a nice way to keep the kid and/or dog of the gun in the back seat of the truck.
     
  19. TexasRifleman

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    I think you hit it there. Regular cab pickups are almost unseen these days and a gun rack that you can't reach from the drivers seat isn't exactly practical and those vertical "cop car" kind of deals just get in the way.

    I've seen a couple of overhead "shelf" things that mount up to the headliner but I don't know if they work well or not.
     
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    Time was,here in Alabama the Beautiful, every young man had to have a well equipped pick-up complete with rear window gunrack. A .22 and a chopped mil-surp constantly on display. Not anymore! No law,just common sense.
     
  21. jimbob86

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    They have....

    ...disappeared due to theft risks.

    In the mid-80's, my dad and uncle started "Outa-site" gunracks...... a single or double gun rack that mounted above the sun visors, upholstered to match the interior of the vehichle. They worked great, and sold well, but dad and uncle had some kind of falling out, and dad got his money back, and the uncle sold the idea......

    I still have one....

    As with Texas, our Concealed weapon laws don't apply to long guns........
     
  22. cracked junior

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    i have 2 reasons for not seeing gun racks anymore.

    number 1- you cant trust people to leave it in the window.

    and number 2. more and more trucks now days are extended cab or crew cab. its just to hard to get out of the truck then open another door, or reach all the over the front seat to reach it.
     
  23. brighamr

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    Yes they are legal in some states. They are for sale at Wal Mart ($12.99).

    I use mine primarily if I'm going hunting or camping. If I'm going to town or anywhere else away from my truck, the guns do not stay in the rack.
     
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    everyonce in a while you see them here with guns in them but never unattended. Allways being driven, never parked. But, almost every older than 80s model truck has one, but usually there isn't anything in it but maybe a long carpenters level.
     
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