Trucker Weapons/protection

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Megan G.'s Comment
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My family's biggest worry with me getting into this profession is security and making sure I can protect myself. Anyone know any laws about weapons, firearms, pepper spray?? Anything like that??

crazy rebel's Comment
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Absolutely no guns its a federal law,pepper spray yes ya can have,some states allow stun guns but some dont. most case though if ya carry yourself right ya will have no issues.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Absolutely no guns its a federal law,pepper spray yes ya can have,some states allow stun guns but some dont. most case though if ya carry yourself right ya will have no issues.

No Crazy its not a federal law. Its the state and local laws that prevent carrying firearms in a truck a hassle. There are so many different state and local laws and there is no way that you will know every law there is. What maybe legal in one city/state will be illegal in another. And then there are the company policies that says you can not carry a gun in a truck. Immediate termination from your job if you are caught and there is no appeal.

I know in the state of New Jersey its illegal to carry stun guns OR mace due to their offensive capabilities. *shrugs* I know its dumb but that is what a local cop told me.

Now the best weapon for self defense one can have sits on your shoulders. Your ability to think is best. Never put yourself into a situation that feels wrong. If its wrong then it is wrong and remove yourself quickly from it.

There are other non lethal "weapons" that can be used. Like hammers or wasp spray(it can be sprayed up to 20 feet away). Or simply follow the "Stranger Danger" rules we teach kids. When you feel threatened attract attention. The more people that are looking will mean that much more safety. Walking to and from a truck stop never walk in between trucks at night but if you do making alot of noise again will attract unwanted attention from other drivers even at night cause drivers learn to keep an open ear to their truck and trailer even even asleep and most wake easy.

There are so many ways to protect yourself or be able to keep from placing yourself endanger that its not even funny. You only have to think about it.

You are worried about OTR while traveling....use the same exact things you do while going through everyday activities while you are at home and about town. Being on the road does not make a difference. Sure it maybe a strange city or state but in the end its still a city and a state no different from your own.

I know the exact fears that were addressed to you from your family.......take all the things that were said and apply them to what you are doing right this minute or earlier today. What kept those things from happening then? Its about be aware of yourself and your surroundings. Basic common sense.

Trucking is no different from any other jobs at home in regards to personal safety.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Megan G.'s Comment
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While im home the ways I keep from beimg raped and murdered are 1. I live in a tiny town in central wisc. 2. I have two 6ft + male roommates. 3. I carry a .38 with me at all times.... its wisconsin gotta love concealed carry laws!

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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While im home the ways I keep from beimg raped and murdered are 1. I live in a tiny town in central wisc. 2. I have two 6ft + male roommates. 3. I carry a .38 with me at all times.... its wisconsin gotta love concealed carry laws!

I am from Iowa, and I have a CCW permit. In Iowa it is actually a permit to carry. The permit holder can carry open or concealed.

Dave

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I have been doing this for 15 years. Been in some really bad areas but never once have I thought i would need a gun.

By the time you know you need one its to late. Someone else already has the drop on you with their gun and you're not going to get to draw yours.

Besides its simply not possible to carry a gun legally in a truck totally. The minute you enter a shipper or receivers property with a gun you are breaking the law as almost ALL business have a no guns or weapons sign posted. Its their right not to allow you on their property regardless of what permit you hold.

You drive into a DOT scale house....again no guns allowed. You go into a state that does not allow outside gun permits ,like New Jersey, then its illegal. Like I said where its legal in one state it might be illegal in another. You simply can not cover of the bases when in comes to driving a truck with a gun. You will break the law somewhere along the line.

Sure there are guns in trucks on the road but mostly those are people that own their own truck and don't have to answer to a company.

Be smart and leave it at home. There are alot of trucking jobs out here but I can promise you this....if you are fired from a company for carrying a gun in their truck against company policy you can bet it will go on your DAC report and the reason why you were fired and no company in America will touch you due to insurance liability.

I am all for guns. I own several myself but they really have no place in a truck.

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.

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.

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.
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