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Texas, concealed in car

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by JKD99, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. JKD99


    Jan 24, 2011
    I just got a new car and there is no good place to conceal my glock in it. I do not have my concealed permit yet, signed up next month, but is it still legal to conceal it IWB while driving? From what I understand I can as well as conceal IWB from my house to the car as well. Can somebody clarify for me please or somewhere where it says. As title says im in Texas. Thanks
  2. strakele


    Jan 8, 2012
    You are correct. Just be real careful. If you were to get pulled over it could very easily become a sticky situation. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch of his imagination to assume that you plan to continue carrying it with you when you get out of the car. Could make for quite a hassle.

  3. castle law extends to your vehicle, but it only covers "inside" the vehicle. If you get pulled over and you are IWB. at some point when asked to get out of the vehicle, you are going to have to remove your weapon which will expose it to the officer's plain view, which is one of the conditions you have to meet to have it "inside" your car "away" from plain view. Your best bet, is to use a type of mail or laptop bag, you can you trow on the passenger seat with the weapon inside. it will not raise suspisions, and you will have it within arms reach if needed.
  4. JKD99


    Jan 24, 2011
    Good points, thanks for the replies. I'll just be glad when I get my class out of the way next month and it won't be a problem at all.

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  5. FAS1


    Dec 4, 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    Some additional info here.

    Find a way to have a little extra security if you leave your gun in your car. Don't just leave it laying under the seat.
  6. Ftttu


    Dec 19, 2011
    Here is the basic law in Texas but there is more under
    Sec. 46.03. PLACES WEAPONS PROHIBITED and other laws not state here:

    Sec. 46.02. UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS. (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:
    (1) on the person's own premises or premises under the person's control; or
    (2) inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle that is owned by the person or under the person's control.
    (a-1) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun in a motor vehicle that is owned by the person or under the person's control at any time in which:
    (1) the handgun is in plain view; or
    (2) the person is:
    (A) engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic;
    (B) prohibited by law from possessing a firearm; or
    (C) a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01.

    It is good to have a concealed carry permit but it isn't required as stated above.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  7. JKD99


    Jan 24, 2011
    Have that one covered as well, I took my gunvault safe from my last truck and is already installed in the new one. Thanks again for the help.

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  8. A good place to start is with your state Attorney General's office. They should have a decent web site, and that is a bit more authoritative than other places.

    I would not want to stake my freedom on something I read but failed to verify.

    If I were really not sure, I would actually contact the Attorney General's office and plainly ask what I want to know and request for them to cite the source.

    I think you may find that you can read the law and understand what it say, however without being able to see how it has been adjudicated, it is still just an educated guess.

    I have found finding the appropriate laws in Kansas can be tough. Some laws may still be in committee or passed without the governor's signature. Others may have been superseded. this may not be clear in a basic Google search.

    It is very easy to get a false reading without hearing from those who prosecute offenders.
  9. txinvestigator


    Jun 8, 2007
    The Castle Doctrine has nothing to do with where you can carry. It made two changes to the use of force laws and one to the civil code.

    In 2007 the Legislators passed the "Motorist Protection Act" which has been codified into Penal Code 46.02 which allows a person to carry a handgun on or about their person if inside of or directly enroute to a motor vehicle they own is is under their control as long as four conditions are met;

    1. The weapon must not be in plain view.
    2. The person is not committing a crime (class C traffic offenses don't matter)
    3. The person is not prohibited by law frpm possesing a firearm
    4. The person is not a member of a criminal street gang.
  10. txinvestigator


    Jun 8, 2007

    In Texa the AG will not answer such inquries from individuals, generally. However, all Texas laws can be found at our state legislatures website.