What are the laws in your area when it comes to loaded rifles in vehicles? Pistols are good for CC, but it would be nice to have access to a rifle if you needed it (And able to retrieve it, etc). I’m also curious to know if a CCW license also extends to rifles (Transporting them loaded in vehicles, etc). The Texas shooter made me think of this. At such range, a pistol would be ineffective in the hands of many people.
Also… How would you carry a rifle without risking a brandishing charge? Slung on your shoulder?
I’m not looking for a universal answer, just for your state.
In Virginia, it appears that § 15.2-915.2. Regulation of transportation of a loaded rifle or shotgun covers this:
The governing body of any county or city may by ordinance make it unlawful for any person to transport, possess or carry a loaded shotgun or loaded rifle in any vehicle on any public street, road, or highway within such locality. Any violation of such ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $100. Conservation police officers, sheriffs and all other law-enforcement officers shall enforce the provisions of this section. No ordinance adopted pursuant to this section shall be enforceable unless the governing body adopting such ordinance so notifies the Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries by registered mail prior to May 1 of the year in which such ordinance is to take effect.
The provisions of this section shall not apply to duly authorized law-enforcement officers or military personnel in the performance of their lawful duties, nor to any person who reasonably believes that a loaded rifle or shotgun is necessary for his personal safety in the course of his employment or business.
It appears that in VA I can legally transport a rifle it in my vehicle, as long as it is unloaded. It doesn’t appear that a CCW allows me to transport it loaded.
I checked the local ordinances in VA, and many counties in VA have ordinances which state the following:
It is unlawful to transport, possess, or carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in any vehicle on any public street, road or highway.
What it is interesting about this is that it seems the only restriction is carrying a loaded firearm while it is in a vehicle. It appears that you could stop, get out your vehicle, load it, and walk, and that would be perfectly legal.
What about your state?