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CDL Federal Gun Law


Due to the controversial topic: “Can CDL Truck Drivers Carry Guns?”, I have researched and found a Federal Law that so many drivers are looking for. Read what an actual Federal Law states about this topic, to put it to rest, once and for all. ( or maybe not)

Provided by Truth About Trucking.

Can a CDL truck driver legally carry a gun in the truck? This is a very HOT topic! In my previous article, “CDL Truck Drivers Carrying Guns,” much controversy was created because nothing could be found anywhere showing any Federal Law stating that it was illegal to carry. I have pointed out that there is NO Federal Law saying that it is illegal, only city, county and state laws that make it illegal to do so, as well as policies set forth by the motor carrier. I have found the actual Federal Law revealing the insight on this subject, listed below:

Title 18 Setcion 926(a). The peacable journey law.




Sec. 926A. Interstate transportation of firearms

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.

OK…now that we have the Federal Law on this matter, what does it mean? I would say that you could give this to 50 attorneys, and all 50 would interpret it differently! I believe what it is saying, is what I originally wrote in my previous articles….a CDL driver may carry a gun in the truck with him or her, PROVIDING that it does not violate any other STATE law, in which the driver will be passing through. Thus my point again…city, county and state laws may be the prevention for CDL truck drivers to carry guns…

Help me out drivers….what do you think?

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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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207 Responses to CDL Federal Gun Law. - Post a Comment

  1. Geoffrey Wasielewski

    How about an air pistol? Going on a long run to a shady area and I shoot quick and straght. Piece is quite potent. I had to shoot a drunk a hole and it cost him nine days in ICU. Damn near killed him.

  2. Dave Arnold

    My wife & I are getting ready to go OTR. I recently bought a handgun for that reason. I would like clear regulations and whom I could contact about carrying a weapon in a truck. My reasoning behind going across state lines with different regulations with a firearm is, when a common person (not a truck driver) moves from one state to another how do they transport a firearm?

  3. Mike

    It is not illegal for a truck driver to carry a loaded firearm anyplace that is legal for that driver to carry a weapon in a personal vehicle. There is no difference between a semi or a car.
    I know idiots that it is illegal, but I will offer this suggestion to you for when talking to one of them, ask them to show you the law saying that it is illegal.
    If I tell you it is illegal to wear a blue shirt on Tuesday, would you believe me, no then why believe somebody saying you can not defend yourself.

    It is a fact that if something is illegal it is written down, as opposed to if something is NOT illegal it will not be written down.

    Example: you know you are allowed to wear a blue shirt on Tuesday right? Show me the law that says you can wear a blue shirt on Tuesday.
    Little hint, you will not find it.

  4. Bobby

    Hey gentlemen& Ladies im a federal motor carrier all Dot inspections and business conducted by an officer at the local and state levels has to be done under federal guide lines when they are dealing with us.Only speeding and other miscellaneous things that they stop us for. In other words they can’t mix for their convenience, for example if a deputy pulls me for a routine traffic stop then decides to do a level three inspection because because he is proud of his dot knowledge that he thinks he knows, it then becomes federal. He can’t say I found a firearm doing a federal inspection and thats against our local law. In other words he can’t mix and match.A good lawyer would blow it out of the water in a court room.On the other hand if he somehow discovered that you have that firearm. After a routine stop at the local level. Then you are in trouble. Once any traffic stop is changed over to federal motor carrier safety levels of inspections then its federal only in otherwords if you have marijuana (recreational) in Your truck and its against dot regulation but not against their local law yo ass is grass. When you are stopped the officer decides what level he is going to handle it local or federal.

    • Ross

      Level 1 through 3 inspections do not require an officer entering your cab. I’ve been driving 22 years and have never seen nor heard of an officer tearing apart a truck cab during DOT inspections. Now if you’ve taped a gun to your brake chamber…that’s a different story you will have to explain.

  5. april g rice

    while traveling thru fort worth texas in a tractor trailer i was pulled over by a state trooper who said he stopped me for going 67 mph in a 65 mph zone. he then asked if i had any firearms in the vehicle. i replied yes, there is one under the seat. he asked if it was loaded and i said yes, he then called someone to assist him and took my gun at the end of the ordeal he gave me my gun back and told me that even tho it is legal to carry a firearm in a commercial vehicle according to federal laws, i have to get a permit from each and every state in the usa before i can legally carry a firearm thru that state in a commercial vehicle.
    he then unloaded the gun and instructed me to put the bullets in my pocket and put the gun in the sidebox.

    • Mike Keeney

      I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise, but not all cops know the law, especially when it comes to other states. This cop is wrong. When you carry a firearm in a vehicle, you are required to abide by the local and state laws. That pertains to transportation, storage, concealed or out in the open, ( yes, people do have magnet mounts inside vehicles). In the state I live in, NV, it is legal to carry a fully loaded handgun in your vehicle, concealed or openly, with or without a concealed weapons permit, providing you are not carrying it on your person, which would require the concealed carry permit, or aren’t prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.

    • Doc

      Mr. Keeney, that officer that stopped you was ignorant of the law. I have an Federal Firearms License (dealership), and have taught hundreds of people about the laws regulating our possession of firearms over the last 35 years. I also have a Texas License to Carry (open or concealed). Texas does not require a person to have a valid handgun license in order to carry a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle or watercraft if the vehicle is owned by the person or under the person’s control. However, Texas generally prohibits intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carrying a handgun in plain view in a motor vehicle or watercraft, except by handgun license holders carrying the handgun in a shoulder or belt holster.

      There are several websites that have accurate information on such regulatory laws in each state. However, some states have limitations upon magazine capacity, and ammunition types. So you must know them. And in some very restrictive states, you should have a very effective lockbox bolted into the vehicle if you don’t have a separate compartment for the pistol and ammunition.

      But yes, you can carry a loaded gun in your car or truck in Texas, even if you do not have a license to carry. I would also suggest you carry a bill of sale for the firearm and if you bought the pistol in a private sale, double check the serial number to make sure it was not stolen. And, we should warn convicted felons that possession of any firearm is a felony, unless they have written permission from a judge (usually with extremely strict limitations, such as too or from a hunting site).

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