Doing hotshot means one thing — you spend most of your time outdoors.

You travel great distances to deliver your loads. Sometimes, you’ll reach a place that is unfamiliar to you and there is a high possibility that some bad elements might be around. How do you keep yourself safe?

There have been a lot of questions raised regarding bringing weapons in your truck. Is it legal?

The direct answer is, yes. It is legal to bring weapons in your truck, depending on certain cases. Most truck drivers carry guns with them for protection if they can secure a permit. But to give you an overview, we will list down the laws regarding carrying weapons.

1. The Federal Law

The “peaceable trip law” is the umbrella law that everyone refers to while discussing this topic.

“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.”

— [TITLE 18 [Section 926(a)]–CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, PART I–CRIMES, CHAPTER 44–FIREARMS]

This only means that all drivers, including truckers, are allowed to carry firearms under federal law, but they must keep them locked up and empty. This was the easy part. Now things start to become difficult.

2. Concealed Carry Permits and State Laws

In the previous five years, concealed carry permits have gained a lot of legal ground. Most states allow concealed carry in some form or allow tourists from other states to carry while in their state. It isn’t, however, a universal phenomenon. It would take far too long and be tedious to go over each state’s policies on concealed carry permits. Check the states you’ll be driving through on your journey as a decent rule of thumb. That will require some research, but the information is available. Another essential rule is to keep your permit with you at all times. Truckers are used to having a variety of registration cards with them at all times, so this would just be another card to have in their wallet.

But we’re not finished yet. Even if you get past the state regulations, there are two more layers through which you can get caught carrying. The first is simply Local Laws, which may differ from or contradict State Laws. It’s nearly impossible to avoid a local ordinance in Lindsborg, Kansas (Little Sweden USA) that you weren’t aware of beforehand. Local ordinances usually never get reported to your license and rarely influence your record, which is the silver lining to these hidden threats. However, there is another legal layer that you should be aware of before you lock and load and go behind the wheel.

3. Carrier Policies and Rules

If you work for a motor carrier, chances are your firm has policies prohibiting drivers from transporting firearms. If you intend to carry, you should consult your safety manager or someone at the organization who can provide you with more information. When it comes to firearms, this is perhaps the most crucial approach to defend your employment. It’s even more crucial than understanding state legislation. You can normally continue driving after receiving a ticket. If you break a corporate policy, though, the carrier will have a legitimate reason to let you go, regardless of your driving record.

The easiest way to summarize this jumble of a question about handgun restrictions for truckers is to say that knowledge is safety. The more you understand what you are and are not permitted to do, the better chance you will have of avoiding difficulties. Of course, if you do receive a ticket, CDL Legal may assist you.

Additional information

Haulin Cash talked about weapons in trucks on his Youtube channel. You can listen to his recorded live stream at this link.