I Started Carrying Today. I Didn't Ask Permission.Submitted by RobHino on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 00:18
It is my hope to actually say this one day, but I'd like to be a little more educated on the "legal" consequences before doing so. Also, I don't have a concealable handgun yet, and honestly, I've yet to muster up the courage to defy the State in this regard. (I'm ashamed!)
If we all just quit asking for permission from the State to do things, their relevance would fade a lot more quickly.
I realize every state is different, but generally speaking, if you defend yourself or someone else with lethal force while carrying a firearm "illegally" in the eyes of state bureaucrats, can you get in trouble?
What are some of the biggest concerns about carrying a firearm without a permit?
UPDATE: I guess I knew about this option, but it slipped my mind:
Sounds like I'm okay as long as it's completely concealed and in, or in route to, my vehicle. It's not clear about if I'm returning to my home from my vehicle.
PC §46.02. UNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal knife, or club if the person is not:
(1)on the person's own premises or premises under the person's control; or
(2)inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person's control.
(a-1) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly,
or recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun in a motor
vehicle or watercraft that is owned by the person or under the person's
control at any time in which:
(1)the handgun is in plain view; or
(2)the person is:
(A)engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic or boating;
(B)prohibited by law from possessing a firearm; or
(C)a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 70.01.