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Truck Driver Cited for Carrying Weapon in Truck



A truck driver was cited for carrying a concealed weapon in his truck during a weigh scale inspection in Tennessee.  As per the post:

THP Conducts Roadside Inspection in Haywood County | Newsroom

THP Conducts Roadside Inspection in Haywood CountyReleased on Thu, Apr 30, 2009
NASHVILLE ––- The Tennessee Highway Patrol placed 14 commercial vehicles out-of-service Wednesday, April 29, 2009, during a Roadside Inspection Checkpoint in Haywood County. The joint Roadside Inspection effort, in conjunction with the Tennessee Trucking Association, is designed to educate the industry on commercial vehicle safety and compliance with motor carrier laws. Industry representatives participated in Wednesday’s event.

Tennessee is one state that supposedly honors concealed weapon permits, thus making the story more interesting.  I have posted numerous times concerning this CDL gun carrying issue, always pointing out that it is all about abiding by city, state and county laws and regulations.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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4 Responses to Truck Driver Cited for Carrying Weapon in Truck. - Post a Comment

  1. ARealRedneck

    I have always heard you were not suppose to carry a gun in the truck with you. But, I guess that was always a company policy, not a law.
    That is why I wouldn’t carry one with me. Too many little cities and suburbs, and they all have different rules to follow.

  2. Allen Smith

    It is normally a company policy. Although there is no Federal Law stating it is illegal to for a CDL driver to carry a weapon in the truck, it is all of the city, state and county laws that will get them in trouble . . . plus, I believe, the fact that many DOT officials, etc., are confused about this issue. My posts concerning this issue can be found here:

  3. Brian D. Hawkins

    The cab of the truck should be given the same respect as someone’s home. It’s a shame they are targeting truckers that have done nothing wrong. I guess it’s still better to get caught with it than without it.

  4. Allen Smith

    Guess it boils down to an individual’s choice and whether or not they want to take the chance of losing their job or in some sad cases….their life……

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