Truck Driver's Personal Protection

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Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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I'm not sure if this is a touchy subject but what do drivers carry in anything for personal protection? I imagine even if you have your conceal carry permit you can't carry since you cross state lines etc..

Six

Britton R.'s Comment
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Along with certain state laws you also have shippers and recievers that prohibit firearms and company policies. I'd go with mace or maybe a taser if you feel you need it. As long as you are aware of your surroundings and park in lit areas you will probwhly be fine. When this question has been asked in the past many drivers say they never needed anything to protect themselves.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Six, I'm 5'7" and 125lbs. I'm the size of an 8th grader and I've never once needed any personal protection. Park in lit areas and don't walk between the trailers at night and you'll always be fine. If you must carry something, then buy a tire thumper, a big steel one. And that can be your weapon if you need it. You can also use it to check your tires for its a win/win situation.

Whatever you do don't carry any firearms or knives or anything of that nature.

Zach's Comment
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good-luck.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gif Unless things have changed ,its a felony to have a firearm in your possesion in a USDOT regulated vehicle .That said ,personal protection has been at the forefront of my mind in many different locations thru the years .While you may get some looks ,If you are truly concerned for your safety ,buy and carry with you whenever out of your truck, a flat bedders cheater/binding bar....i gaurentee nobody will mess with you.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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good-luck.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gif Unless things have changed ,its a felony to have a firearm in your possesion in a USDOT regulated vehicle .That said ,personal protection has been at the forefront of my mind in many different locations thru the years .While you may get some looks ,If you are truly concerned for your safety ,buy and carry with you whenever out of your truck, a flat bedders cheater/binding bar....i gaurentee nobody will mess with you.

While I still say carrying a firearm is not needed and should not be carried due to LOCAL and STATE laws and companies rights not to allow weapons on their properties and I stand by this....

But...There is no law that specifically prohibits them in a truck. If I am wrong

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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That last post should have said.....

While I still say carrying a firearm is not needed and should not be carried due to LOCAL and STATE laws and companies rights not to allow weapons on their properties and I stand by this....

But...There is no law that specifically prohibits them in a truck. If I am wrong

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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That last post should have said.....

While I still say carrying a firearm is not needed and should not be carried due to LOCAL and STATE laws and companies rights not to allow weapons on their properties and I stand by this....

But...There is no law that specifically prohibits them in a truck. If I am wrong

While I still say carrying a firearm is not needed and should not be carried due to LOCAL and STATE laws and companies rights not to allow weapons on their properties and I stand by this....

But...There is no law that specifically prohibits them in a truck. If I am wrong

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Ok I give up trying to make this post on this thread work at this time.....

The short version is please point out what law (I want the number of the law in the green truckers book in the truck) that states its illegal to carry a gun in a truck.

There simple is not one and you will not find one. What makes it a bad idea is the LOCAL and STATE laws.

Not only is it against almost every company's policy out there but the minute you pull into a weight station it is illegal to have a firearm on that property. Not to mention most customers forbid firearms on their propery.

Joe S. (a.k.a. The Blue 's Comment
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It is not against the law to have a firearm on the truck. But it goes a little bit deeper.

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 18 - Part I - Chapter 44 - § 926a § 926A.

Interstate Transportation of Firearms

Release date: 2005-08-03

Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

All in a nutshell it says: IF it is legal to do so.

You might be going into a state where it is against state law. You are on someone else's property. You are on federal property when at a weight station. And last but not least, most if not all companies don't allow weapons to be carried by a driver.

And besides that. If you are carrying it for protection and allowed by your company to carry it, what good would it do you to be unloaded? Every time you get out of your truck, you would have to get your weapon, since it is not in the cab with you. Then get the ammo from where it is stored. Then load it.

I am sorry, but if something were going to happen, you are out of luck with carrying a firearm. As has been said in this post and others. Carry something legal. Like a tire thumper.

There are many things that you can carry that are legal.

Don't get me wrong and start saying I am against guns. Nothing could be further from the truth. If it were allowed, I would have a gun on me 24/7 everywhere I went. I am an ex-police officer. I did used to carry one. So I am all in favor of guns rights. But it goes both ways. We have our rights, but we also have to abide by others rights and the law.

Keep it safe out there. Joe S

Interstate:

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

BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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There is nothing that says that I can't have a Louisville Slugger as a tire thumper and head basher if I need it to double as such. :)

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