Wasnt always that way, sadly. I was arrested in Irving back in 2004 for having an unloaded Browning Hi-power on the seat. They picked me up because i had a magazine in my pocket. Cops said I should have had it in the trunk of my single cab pickup. [No, I didnt have a toolbox] To be fair to the cops, I guess I should have taken a nap at a hotel, rather than a parking lot. If I remember correctly the law read that the gun had to be unloaded and visible. I thought i was following the law. At least it was just a misdemeanor, but it sucks to have to say you where arrested on a gun charge on some applications. And it stopped me from being a cop in Texas. My lawyer said I could get it expunged, but I wasnt paying him anymore money at the time. I wonder if its too late?