Gun Protection While On The Road.

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Bryan Q.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info. I more than likely won’t have any kind of weapon. Except my Bible haha. I was just wondering about self defense :) thanks guys

Big Scott's Comment
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Have yet to feel unsafe on the road. I'm from NY. I stay aware of my surroundings. I also keep to myself, MYOB. I don't believe in the need for a firearm out here. People are killed every day. Plus, there is not much room in that truck.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We had an attorney write an article for us about the legality of carrying a gun in a truck called Truckers and Guns: What Is and Is Not Legal. Check that out.

there is that old saying that it is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.

Great line for an old Western movie. Not such a great policy for a trucker going into 2018. There are far better ways of dealing with threats that won't cost you your job or your freedom.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I just got off the road. Saw this title ("Protection") and simply got out the popcorn. This question comes up about every other month. Posted for 3 1/2 hours and 12 comments already!

Laws is laws. But the policy of the property owner is what you go by. That includes the right to inspect your truck, and the right of the property owner to prohibit any kind of weapon. Same for your company. Go ahead and ask your DM or somebody.

If a weapon is used on a property, everybody's lawyers would have an absolute field day filing liability claims. Not what any company wants to mess with.

Going to carry anyway? And keep your piece hidden where they won't find it? Then your very last words might be "Just a second."

As for your Bible, it might stop a bullet if the gun is aimed right. Knowledge of what's in the Bible is protection for living right and for the hereafter.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
PackRat's Comment
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It's a choice for each driver, risk vs reward. As stated, most companies are against it, mainly because of liability. Most locations have signs posted, No Weapons On The Premesis. Best tool is situational awareness (SA). Common sense is always good to have on the truck, too. My favorite non-firearm is a 7 tools in one tire chain installation tool. If used correctly for self defense, it's lethal in a confrontation. The best plan is to watch for trouble and stay away from it. I do carry. Enough said.

Reyn R.'s Comment
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Why risk your career? Why risk your livelihood? Why put yourself in the position to face criminal charges? Then where will you go to earn a living? I agree with situational awareness being best tool anyone can use.

Over the summer, I was hired by a friend to drive cross country where I drove 12,000 miles in 2 months. At the end of this amazing metaphor for this new chapter in my life taking shape, I was driving home. I was alone, so would sleep in the back of my Suburban. I was sleeping at the last rest area before leaving Arkansas. I woke up to 2 young men "strolling" too close to my vehicle, looking inside, apparently looking for an opportunity.

I sat there, watching them (my rear windows are completely tinted). As soon as they gave me enough space, I exited, made sure all was intact outside my vehicle & proceeded to get out of dodge. That said, I believe in using prudent judgment but there will be times where we will all be tested. I don't want to invite the opportunity to ever use a firearm to take a life. I've been held up 2x at gun point & handled it with wits rather than violence. I was shot at 2x also, not worth the energy or possible legal issues to "fight fire with fire". I even asked the police for help with one of the incidents only to be told, "he probably doesn't have it on him anymore & to leave it alone!"

One of my favorite quotes is: "the presence of fear indicates the absence of faith". I'm learning more & more what this truly means. With true faith one is always in God's hands. If you don't believe? I suggest you re-read my first paragraph & weigh your options without using fear in your decision making process.

Pete B.'s Comment
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I saw the title of this thread, and I swear I thought it was going to be about condoms! (yes, it has been a very long time).

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