Carrying A Weapon In A CMV

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Tia's Comment
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So it seems that the general consensus on firearms is, "probably a bad idea." So what about tazers and stun guns? My Dad bought me a tazer and asked me to keep it on me at all times when I told him of my intention to start driving. I'm a fairly small female and he did A LOT of research into the lifestyle and was concerned for my safety. Is company policy the only thing to contend with there?

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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So it seems that the general consensus on firearms is, "probably a bad idea." So what about tazers and stun guns? My Dad bought me a tazer and asked me to keep it on me at all times when I told him of my intention to start driving. I'm a fairly small female and he did A LOT of research into the lifestyle and was concerned for my safety. Is company policy the only thing to contend with there?

Again the local and state laws come into effect. I asked a Baltimore MD cop about tazers and pepper spray one time while waiting for a tow truck to show up to tow cars that were blocking a driveway so I can deliver and he said that ,at least in Maryland, that if a so called "defensive weapon" can be used as an offensive weapon also it might be illegal but its up to the officers call on it. But he did say that tazers were illegal for private ownership in Maryland.

Tia's Comment
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Crap.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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I looked into this when I started, and I believe it is completely forbidden, at least for interstate commerce.

Personally I think I should still have the God-given and Constitutionally-protected right to defend myself even if I choose to drive a truck across state lines, but that's just me...

This times a trillion.

Interstate Commerce:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Things discussed recently that Push the Envelope:

* Guns on board
* Pets on board
* Beer in the truck on your 34 hr
* Marijuana use

If you want to push the envelope, go ahead. But your company has all those marbles. If you are discovered breaking company policy, you are walking home, and your DAC will inform all other potential hiring truck companies exactly why you left.

Rationalization, explaining why you did this using other rules and laws, doesn't mean a thing. If you want to rationalize and do things against your employer's policy concerning their trucks while you are doing their work, may you have a long enjoyable life anyway.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Raz's Comment
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Schneider gun policy also bans "any chemical which can do harm"

Those short baseball bat tire thumpers with a wrist strap look to be the best idea. Cheap to buy. Serves other purposes, so as not to be considered " a weapon", and can clock an aggressor from 5 feet away.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Tire thumper, baseball bat, golf club, machete, or my personal favorite, a spare Fire Stick antenna all make great defense weapons of the need should arise.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Thank you everyone for jumping in on this post. I noticed nobody had asked for several months so I just wanted to stir the pot. Yes, I know it's a terrible idea to have a weapon in a CMV , but figured other newbies may not.

Also, all of us ladies seriously need to have a plan to defend ourselves, in the rare instance we'd need to do so. We have a safety tips thread in the ladies forum, but we could seriously use more ideas.

Thanks again everyone! You are all awesome :-)

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
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