Transporting a Weapon: What is the Law?

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I decided to take the new pistol to my Dad’s house so I could show him what I bought. Luckily I had heard someone mention that Ohio had some interesting laws on the transportation of a firearm. I didn’t have my CCW so I did my research.

Apparently having a loaded firearm in the glove box without a carry permit is a felony. Imagine that. I suppose that makes some sense from the perspective of the officer who pulls you over for a broken tail light. They don’t want to see a weapon in there when you reach for your wallet.

The Law

Part of the law says, “No person shall knowingly transport or have a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle in such a manner that the firearm is accessible to the operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle.”

There are probably good people out there who try to follow the law of the land and aren’t aware of this law. These people are committing a felony and don’t even know it. Unfortunately, ignorance of the law is not an excuse. It’s all fun and games until the mistake is discovered by a law enforcement officer.

How To Do It Correctly

In practical terms, this law means that if you don’t have a permit to carry concealed the unloaded weapon should be out of your reach. It would be smart to just put it into your trunk. I have a minivan. So without a trunk, we’re obviously talking the cargo area behind the rear seats.

This may be going to extremes, but to further protect myself I would keep the empty magazine and ammunition up front in the glove box. This way a police officer would see that I  have to go through a lot of effort to prepare my gun to fire.

Check Your State’s Laws

The above applies in Ohio. Your state may have a different set of rules that you must abide by. I would suggest you check into your laws (local and state) if you want to transport your gun.

Question

Do you know the laws where you live for transporting a firearm? Have you ever broken those laws unknowingly?

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