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9/19/2017 7:27:10 PM
Posted: 12/23/2005 5:59:02 PM EDT
I have heard from several people recently that there is a new law in affect in the state of Texas that you no longer have to have a CHL to carry a handgun loaded and concealed in your vehicle. Is this true or just a redneck rumor? I heard that tonight from about the 10th person in the last week or so. Well ive already taken my class and sent my info. out to DPS in Austin but i never heard this in our class. Someone respond if they no if it is true or not. Thanx.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:22:31 PM EDT
It's kinda true.

They problem in the past was that "traveling" wasn't defined. Citizens would have to PROVE to the court they were traveling if they were found with a loaded handgun in the car. If they couldn't theyd be arrested.

Now, the law places the burdon of proving if the person was traveling on the state. Finally. Innocent until proving guilty.

However, not all police departments are following the new law. Houston's PD said that they will still arrest all people found with a loaded handgun in their car w/o a CHL.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 9:58:30 PM EDT
Well im just going to be patient and wait until my liscence arrives.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:20:02 PM EDT
Yep, just wait and throw a long gun in there instead.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 11:05:34 PM EDT
Yes it is true. However it is a defense to prosecution. You can still be arrested until such time as you 'proved' you were traveling (it is a lot clearer now).

I don't think a lot of officers are up to speed on it since it only passed this past Sept. So if caught expect to take a ride unless you are up to speed on the law and can convince a LEO and his supervisor.

Do a search in the Texas Home Town Forum here. It has been hashed out many times.
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