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I am an outstanding citizen and am as clean as a whistle, but i wonder what will happen when the police ever stop me and i have my shotguns with me! Just last week my friend and I had a total of 6 shotguns between us, and that is just because we wanted to shot different disciplines that day! but how to you tell the police you have 6 shotguns?
 

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Typically if you keep them locked in the trunk then that should be sufficient to stop any harassment. I am aware of no law that prohibits driving with six shotguns (properly stored) where it is legal to own six shotguns.
 

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Hmm, How can I lock them in the trunk of my suburban? Oh well, call me a good lawyer!

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Hmm, How can I lock them in the trunk of my suburban? Oh well, call me a good lawyer!

BP
I drive a pickup with a vinyl bed cover, so locking them in the trunk isn't an option for me either. I just lie them in the backseat of my Dakota (cased and unloaded) and drive real careful so I don't get pulled over, but not too careful. Drive casual. :D
 

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Actually, in this part of the world most every other pickup you meet will have a firearm of some kind or other in it, especially this time of the year. It is not unusual at all. Many times there are guns in a rear window rack in a pickup. No case, and many rifles may even have shells in the magazine. It's not illegal to have a loaded rifle or handgun in a vehicle in NE. Common sense says not to, but not the law. :roll: I suspect if you get pulled over herebouts and have a 1/2 dozen shotguns in the car the Mountie will ask you which range you are heading to and who else shoots on your squad! I could tell you a story about getting pulled over one night after someone with a similar vehicle assulted and robbed a woman and me with my SETME and about 200 rounds of ammo laying in full view in the back of my Suburban! Never said a thing! Only, "sorry to inconvienence you sir!"

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Depends on where you are, there are places (like DC) you cannot take a firearm period, if a Highway Patrol was to stop me here (and they have), a simple explanation would be sufficient usually.

I was stopped three years ago when a prison escapee was on the run, I don't know why he picked me out as I only have a single cab pickup. I had 4 shotguns/2 pistols and 60 flats (was bringing shells back for a friend) returning from a tournament. He looked under my bed cover where all this mess was, but was only interested in my passenger that was my wife-----after talking to her we were on our way.

After explaining what Sporting was, he wanted to know if there was anywhere around there to do such a thing----I gave him directions to the club nearest him, we said our byes and split.
 

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My gun is cased and has a trigger lock on it when it's in the truck.

Be polite, be upfront, be cooperative and you should be on your way quickly. At least on the way home I have a lot less ammo and a receipt from the range for that day.
 

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If life's been a little on the dull side,just tell em your out to cap your lovers boyfriend and couldn't decide which firearm would serve the purpose best,that should provide plenty of excitement.

Just Kidding...........
 

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Most areas have similar laws in that a gun must be unloaded in your trunk OR unloaded and cased. Most areas allow you to transport guns in vehicles if you are going to or from a range, place of repair, place of purchase, etc. Many areas get bad reps because of ignorance of the exceptions to the law. DC for instance, does not allow the ownership or possession of handguns. However, you may own long guns and transport them in vehicles according to exceptions similar to the ones I described. Use common sense (a fleeting quality todayat times) and you should not have a problem. Most cops however, don't have a good grasp on their own area firearms laws, much less their exceptions. It would not be unheard of to have some gung-ho younger cop give you a hard time, but as long as you operate within the law you will come out on top.

As already stated, much depends on the area of the country you are in. Also, as long as you don't give a cop a reason to stop you, you eliminate the possibility of a confrontation.
 

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Waaay Back ,

When "things" were the way some of the previous replicants have said , I was waiting on the route Nixon was taking from the local airport to the "cultural" center of of town with an 870 and 2 rounds in the mag in the rear window and an assortment of dove shooting paraphernalia behind the seat of a typical F-150 when a Secret Service Agent "rousted" my bride and me .

Luckily , a county mounty was close by and with the production of my hunting license ,etc --- and the fact that my FIL was the county commissioner , they saw fit to "ease" up on me ---- who says politics don't reap rewards.

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Of what I've heard, for Ohio at least, the guns just have to be away from reach (locked up basically) and unloaded.

As long as the six shotguns aren't on your lap you should be fine though.
 

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I suspect the only problem we might run into here in Canada is if you didn't have your registration papers for all the guns with you. Of course we can't have them loaded..only the criminals are allowed to do that..but then again they don't register them either. :roll: Yup, our billion $ registration system is swell. :?
 

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bridgeburner said:
Many areas get bad reps because of ignorance of the exceptions to the law. DC for instance, does not allow the ownership or possession of handguns. However, you may own long guns and transport them in vehicles according to exceptions similar to the ones I described. Use common sense (a fleeting quality todayat times) and you should not have a problem.
I'll wait and let TAB answer this one, he is the one that told me he could not transport a shotgun to work, which happens to be in DC.
 

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Not long after 9/11 I was going to my gun club, which happens to be located on a military base, and was selected for a random vehicle inspection by Security Forces. I had 3 shotguns inside a huge full length 4 gun SKB case and a range bag full of ammo. Since the case was not visible inside the bed with my cap, they didn't see it until they had already searched every other small crevice in the truck. When they saw the case and bag, they just asked what was in there. I told them and they just said "OK, you can go". They didn't even want to see inside when I offered.
 

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EVERY STATE HAS A DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WITH INFORMATION ON HUNTING AND SHOOTING LAWS AS IT PERTAINS TO TRANSPORT, USE AND TIMES YOU CAN TAKE YOUR GUNS TO WHERE YOU HAVE TO GO. THERE ARE NUMEROUS RESOURCE MATERIALS AND LAWS IN STATE DEPARTMENT, COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS THAT YOU CAN DRAW FROM TO ALLOW YOU TO HUNT,SHOOT AND ENJOY OUR FREEDOMS OF RIGHT TO KEEP AND BARE ARMS, WITHOUT FEELING LIKE YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG AND DEVELOPING COPAFOBIA.
STOPING VEHICLES AND CHECKING PASSENGERS AS WELL AS WHAT IS BEING TRANSPORTED HAS IN MY EXPERIENCE RECOVERED SOME VERY FINE GUNS THAT SOMEONE HAS SAVED A LONG TIME TO GET AND ENJOY. I DON'T CONSIDER THESE STOPS "HARASSMENT" AND IN FACT IF MY GUNS ARE EVER STOLEN I SURE WOULD BE HAPPY IF SOME DUMB COP RECOVERED THEM FOR ME. BE SAFE, WE ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN YOU ARE.
 

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In southern california you better have them locked in a case, locks on the guns, a membership card to the club, on the way to the range, and be prepared for the cop to call his supervisor and be prepared to sit on the curb out of your vehicle for a awhile and after they find out you are clean and that you are really legitimate you will not get no, " sorry for the incovenince". you will just get a mean glare from the cops and be prepared to feel like a criminal! why cant we just get some respect!
 

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Probably because you live in one of the most antigun states in the republic. :( California makes Michigan look good, not that it's particularly bad.
 
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