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Open carry in a small pickup?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by speed_phreak, May 30, 2009.

  1. speed_phreak

    speed_phreak Central Oregon New Member

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    Ok, so... lets say one had a small pickup like a s10 or a ranger and no chl :(
    needless to say this person wouldn't be the coolest, but how could he lawfully and safely transport a handgun?

    the gun would need to be unloaded of course, but there isn't really a place to put the gun that is theoretically out of reach (ie no trunk). if the gun must be in plain sight, then it almost certainly will be within reach.

    suggestions?
     
  2. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Put it in a hard case either behind/under the seat, or have a lock on it.
     
  3. treemanx

    treemanx Spray, Or. Active Member

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    As I understand Oregon law, if you are not a CHL holder, you must have the firearm visible from at least three of the vehicles windows, unloaded, with any ammunition in a different compartment of the vehicle. It doesnt matter if the gun is within your reach or not, as long as you follow those guidelines. If I were you, I would have the pistol UNCOVERED, UNLOADED, on the passenger seat next to you, and have the bullets in the glove box if you are bringing any. If you are pulled over, make sure you tell the officer that it is there, that it is unloaded, and the ammo is in the glove box.
     
  4. speed_phreak

    speed_phreak Central Oregon New Member

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    thanks for your interpretation treemanx! that is the kind of guidance i was looking for. i just recently purchased my first handgun and would rather play by the rules ;) a car with a trunk is an easy solution, but those of us with small trucks need to do some extra work to comply with the law and your suggestions sound like a good place to start...
     
  5. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I agree with Treemanx. The gun just need to be visible, unloaded, and separated from the ammo. I would suggest a locking case for the ammo kept behind the seat or preferably in a locking bed box.

    I would also want to rig up some type of holster system to hold the firearm securely in place in a visible area so it is not just sliding around in the seat or on the dashboard.
     
  6. KENOC

    KENOC Portland area Member

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    Are you guys sure you are supposed to have the handgun in plain site when in a car/truck? I was told that in Oregon, you should have it in a case, unloaded, out of reach?
    Are you saying I am in violation of the law every time i go to the range?
    That i am supposed to have 4 unloaded handguns all in plain site in my car? Seems absurd if that is the law....also awful tempting for someone to break into my car when i stop at the store on the way there....
     
  7. candyman

    candyman Scappoose, OR Active Member

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    you should really get a ccw
    it pays for itself


    btw my vote is trigger lock in the glovebox
    open carry is your right its also a good way to get shot
     
  8. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I believe there are different requirements for transporting the firearm secured and unsecured in your vehicle.
     
  9. Rugerbub

    Rugerbub OREGON Member

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    If u dont have ur concealed permit u have 2 choices in the way u carry ur fire arm. 1 is to have it unloaded and totally visible. The 2nd way is to have the gun in a secured box. Either way is legal. What every one have said is totally right. I work with cops every day and they help me stay legal and out of trouble. U must remember that every county is different. Save the time and hassel and just get ur concealed permit
     
  10. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    I would really consider not having it out in plain sight. Should you get stopped, the LE person seeing it will not respond well.

    Avoid the problems with the public and LE, put it in a case...take the high road here.
     
  11. speed_phreak

    speed_phreak Central Oregon New Member

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    I tend to agree.. so the firearm in my case is a glock that came with a hard case, but it is not really securable. would i be ok putting the pistol in the glock case, unloaded, and behind the seat? then place the magazines in the glove box?

    thanks for everyone's input. this has been a very educational thread. i do plan on getting my permit, but i want to be in compliance until then.
     
  12. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    The case does not need to be bullet proof or anything. I do believe even Glock cases are lockable (just put a padlock around the handle portions so it cannot open)....unless you have one of the old tupperware style boxes. :)
     
  13. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    what if you had a locking glove box? maybe yours doesn't have one, but a higher trim model came with one, that you could get at a junkyard. you drive around with a fully functional tool in the glove box. the key is ALWAYS in the key hole. you stop at a store, the key goes in your pocket. you find yourself being pulled over, a simple twist & in your pocket it goes. this way you can drive around with an easily accessible tool that can be put safe in an instant. just thinking out loud. what do you folks think?
     
  14. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    In a hard case, behind or under the passenger side seat, will keep it out of reach from you. You're good to go.....
     
  15. SheepDog223

    SheepDog223 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I would ask this question to OFF (the link is up there with the other ad banners) I think you have more options than what I'm reading here on this thread.

    I have been treated more than politely by leo's who have pulled me over and I don't think my having a chl made that difference. The few times I've been pulled over, one said "don't shoot me and we'll be fine." Another said "cool" and asked what I was wearing that day. You will probably be treated very well without bias if your within the law. Ask OFF.
     
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  16. IrishFitz

    IrishFitz Happy Valley, OR Member

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    I completely agree... I even got some lenience one time with a Portland Officer who pulled me over for speeding. I have my CHL and was carrying. He chatted with me, he made a joke about not pulling my gun on him, and knocked the speed down on my ticket to only 5 mph over.

    They totally appreciate you being up front with them about the whole thing.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
  17. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    Not being a lawyer or sleeping at a Holiday Inn last night, it looks come down to being openly carried and visible or readily accessible....IMO in a plastic case with a lock is not readily accessible, add to that ant put it behind the back of the seat

    emphasis added by me