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RobertSmith
02-19-2011, 9:02 PM
In a perfect world, where the right to keep and bear arms is not infringed, I would not ask this question. But since there are so many rules that law abiders have to keep, I ask the following:

How do you legally keep a handgun in your vehicle, with separate loaded clips? The intent is to be legal, but also to be ready to defend your life if needed.

Your knowledge and expertise is appreciated...

whtl
02-19-2011, 9:29 PM
I was told by a LEO a hand gun in your trunk in a lock case is o.k. as long as you have no loaded magazine in the hand gun....you can also have a full magazine in the same case next to your unloaded hand gun. The case has to be a locked.

thrasherfox
02-19-2011, 9:31 PM
I have often wondered this myself. Everytime I have asked someone I get differant opinions.

I will be waiting hoping someone comes along and posts referances so I will know exactly how to transport firearms.

The only way I know for a fact I can legally transport is my guns locked in a box and leave the ammo at home :)



joke.. joke.. I am joking.. (sort of :) )

guns4life
02-19-2011, 9:32 PM
http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/index.php/Transporting

thrasherfox
02-19-2011, 9:49 PM
http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/index.php/Transporting

Cool, thanks. converted it to a PDF document and placed it in my drop box. which I have access to from my phone, my computers and the web.

This is where I keep all my legal documents, because all of them are easily accessible from my droid..


Thanks!!

RobertSmith
02-19-2011, 9:59 PM
http://wiki.calgunsfoundation.org/index.php/Transporting

So it is legal to have it in the car, so long as the handgun and full clip is separate but in a locked box.

Has anyone ever found a locked box that doesn't look like a gunsafe? Possibly one that is custom to a truck make and model that goes in the center counsel, or under the passenger seat? Is THIS bordering any legalities?

gotgunz
02-19-2011, 10:08 PM
Loaded in the door pocket.

TurboS600
02-19-2011, 10:12 PM
In my holster, locked and cocked at 3 o'clock. ;)

thrasherfox
02-19-2011, 10:14 PM
So it is legal to have it in the car, so long as the handgun and full clip is separate but in a locked box.

Has anyone ever found a locked box that doesn't look like a gunsafe? Possibly one that is custom to a truck make and model that goes in the center counsel, or under the passenger seat? Is THIS bordering any legalities?

This similar to what I have

http://www.staples.com/Sentry-reg-Safe-Fire-Safe-reg-.36-Cubic-Ft.-Capacity-Waterproof-Security/product_478595?cmArea=SEARCH

When I went down for my CCW interview I had to bring my handguns. brought all three in this safe. 2 were .45 and one was a 9mm

It is just a fireproof safe. So it doesn't scream gun safe. but it is very secure and durable.

Baconator
02-19-2011, 10:17 PM
So it is legal to have it in the car, so long as the handgun and full clip is separate but in a locked box.

Has anyone ever found a locked box that doesn't look like a gunsafe? Possibly one that is custom to a truck make and model that goes in the center counsel, or under the passenger seat? Is THIS bordering any legalities?

Warning, you will shortly get a lecture on what a clip is versus a magazine.

You could put your unloaded handgun and loaded mags in here (http://www.gunvault.com/handgun-safes/nano-vault.html), throw it under your seat and call it good. There are companies that make a vault that goes in your center console, but there has been some argument about the legalities of this because it might be construed to be the utility compartment.

Ingrim
02-20-2011, 9:22 AM
Warning, you will shortly get a lecture on what a clip is versus a magazine.

^^

Back on topic though: If you keep it in your trunk unloaded, you'll be fine. If you have no trunk, you could use something as simple as a hard case (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Shooting/Gun-Storage/Gun-Cases|/pc/104792580/c/104730480/sc/104368680/Gun-Guard8482-Special-Edition-Four-PistolAccessory-Case/706649.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fshoot ing-gun-storage-gun-cases%2F_%2FN-1100211%3Frid%3D20%26WT.srch%3D1%26WT.tsrc%3DPPC%2 6WT.mc_id%3D58000000000493182%26WT.z_mc_id1%3D1319 95640&WTz_l=PPC%3Bcat104368680) with a padlock (http://blog.fryewiles.com/wp-content/uploads/padlock-300x232.jpg) on it (unloaded of course).

vectorman
02-20-2011, 5:53 PM
i usually keep mag in driver door compartment and gun in trunk, thats probably ware u want to be under fire behind the car,with some typ ov cover...

guns4life
02-20-2011, 6:38 PM
i usually keep mag in driver door compartment and gun in trunk, thats probably ware u want to be under fire behind the car,with some typ ov cover...


The only good cover is the engine block and the rims, ideally you'd put both between yourself and a shooter.

PrimerDust360
02-20-2011, 9:35 PM
I have an old hardshell guitar case with locking latches I'll be keeping the 10/22 in. My hot rod has a locking trunk but my daily driver is a PT Cruiser with the rear seats removed. Since it does not have a trunk and with the rear seats gone the "cargo area" is pretty wide open I'll keep the rifle under separate lock and key. Ammo and unloaded mags in the same locked case.

As far as having a firearm ready for self defense, this is CA. Given the right Attorney we could still be sued if a Good Samaritan defended us.

alexf2k9
02-21-2011, 9:02 PM
http://www.consolevault.us/

Center Console Safe...... dont know on the legality of it though.

NapaPlinker
02-21-2011, 9:07 PM
http://www.consolevault.us/

Center Console Safe...... dont know on the legality of it though.

I dont see how it would be illegal.. But i thought the lock had to be a pad lock? which is why the glove box doesnt count as a locked container.. So now i do see how it could be illegal