gun laws

A night in jail on account of an unloaded pistol in the truck

Fred Afflerbach recalls the state of Massachusetts' treatment of carrying out-of-state firearms round about 1980 -- and more voices on issues of parking and personal protection on the road.

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Federal level action on truckers’ right to carry: Myth and attempted process

Two in five respondents to an Overdrive survey about carrying weapons have the mistaken belief that a federal law prohibits truckers from carrying a gun in their vehicle. Instead, only states have such laws, but because they vary widely, compliance becomes complicated for any gun-toting driver engaged in interstate commerce.

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Truckers who carry, and one who doesn’t, detail their reasons

Most truckers favor the right to carry a weapon on the road. Even those who don’t often say they stand by the old saying: “I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by six.”

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Danger zone: Truckers stick to their guns despite questions about firearm laws, Overdrive research reveals

New Overdrive research shows large concerns over threats to truckers' personal safety. Though varying state concealed-carry laws make it difficult to cross state lines and remain in compliance, many truckers remain armed.

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Drivers under attack from vulnerable positions

Wendy argues advocates might do well to fight for carry-permit reciprocity rather than a special federal permit for interstate truckers: "If you have a concealed carry permit in your state of residence, it's asinine that it wouldn't be observed in all states."

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Current state of firearm-carry laws for interstate haulers

The complicated answer to a perennial question: "Are CDL drivers (that hold a concealed carry permit) allowed to carry a pistol?"

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Soft-target terrorism: Readers favor enforcement of existing gun laws

In wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, 56 percent of readers urged no change in gun laws. Meanwhile, efforts around "Mike's Law" for a national commercial carry permit continue.

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‘Mike’s Law’: National ‘business carry’ draft language and reader reaction

The Small Business in Transportation Coalition's petition to Congress for a federal 'business carry' program for interstate drivers had garnered 1,423 signatures as of this morning, and SBTC had drafted text of potential "enabling legislation" and filed it with Congressional representatives.

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Petition circulated on “right to carry” for driver self-defense

A new "right to carry" petition is being circulated by SBTC's James Lamb. It's collecting signatures in an attempt to demonstrate that there's support for easing many interstate drivers' ability to legally travel with firearms.

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Why confiscation is unlikely

Overdrive's Wendy Parker: "Here is a very basic, bare bones answer to the question of what process is required to make a change in the Bill of Rights: It's not easy to do."

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