Is it right to carry a gun in your car's glove compartment?
When I visited the United States I was in a car with someone who had a gun. Is it right to have a gun in your car? If not, why are so many people keeping guns in the car?
I do not know much about gun law nor the right to bare arms, but I believe it is suspicious to just have a gun with you at all times. I can't say if it's right or wrong, but it does seem like it wouldn't be a good idea; especially if you were pulled over and they decided to search.
Since you're coming from New Jersey I can understand your comment. The state there issues very few permits to carry. In virtually all the other states we much better understand the concept of freedom.
Right, Jack. The police actually do not have the right to search your car without your permission...unless they have "reasonable suspicion."
In my state, it is legal to carry a firearm in your glovebox (but only in the glovebox). Concealed anywhere else in the vehicle is against the law.
It has something to do with the fact that it is not instantly accessible, and takes two moves to get to it (i.e. 1. open glovebox and 2. grab weapon).
I used to have my concealed carry permit when I was younger and lived in a little more seedy part of town. I let it expire 6 or 7 years ago. But with that permit, you could conceal the firearm on your person (except for certain locations like schools, government buildings, bars, churches, etc).
You are supposed to tell a police officer that you have it if stopped, and you can expect to stuck there for a bit while they run the serial numbers to ensure that it isn't stolen.
It is legal to conceal it in your glovebox in many States as I understand it.
In Wyoming (US), it's legal to keep it in the glove box or anywhere else concealed only if you have a concealed carry permit. However, it's perfectly legal to have it in plain sight on the seat or in your gun rack without any special permits. A very large percentage of the population of the state carries guns in plain sight, and I know a few people with concealed carry permits -- and during hunting season, every gun rack is full. I guess I'm not sure where the question of wrong or right comes in -- where you keep your gun doesn't determine wrong or right as long as it's within the law, what you do with it is what's important.
In the country that I live it is the death penalty for possession of a firearm unless you are a policeman.
In Missouri a person's vehicle is considered an extension of their home, therefore, assuming one is not a felon or using the firearm in the commission of a crime, it is totally legal, even without a concealed carry endorsement. I'm in law enforcement and have done hundreds of car stops. I have found that most of those who keep a gun in the car (not just to transport) are usually older folks who do not have a concealed weapons permit. As a police officer I don't find it suspicious at all, but I suppose that may just be from my background of working in a fairly rural community where guns are prevalent.
Because many states have adopted a similar law to that of Missouri's "Castle Doctrine" the state views a persons vehicle as an extension of their home and grants them the right to defend themselves or someone else if the situation arises.
I don't think that someone who carries a weapon in their car, or one who doesn't is necessarily right or wrong. It is more about personal opinion and to what lengths someone feels they may be willing to go to protect themselves or someone else.
It isn't a question of right or wrong but legal or not legal. In many states it is perfectly legal to keep a firearm loaded and ready to go in your possession if you have a state license. There are over 8,000,000 people who do. There are other states that allow a handgun to be carried in the car without a license by law abiding people. Knowing the state law is important.
To answer your question, if your state allows the storage and transportation of firearms in vehicles without a concealed carry permit, it would be right. If your state does not allow you to transport or store firearms without a concealed carry permit, then your friend would be wrong in doing so by breaking the law. And to answer your last question, the reason that so many people keep guns in there car is because according to the FBI an armed robbery occurs every 5 seconds in the US. And a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the US. More and more everyday people young and old, parents and grandparents of all walks of life have fallen victim to a gun related crime, (as I see in my career day in and day out), and a lot of those individuals refuse to continue being victims thats why you see so many law abiding citizens arming themselves.
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