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Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit

Summary for Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit

Alabama:   You may possess an unloaded pistol in your vehicle is the pistol is locked in a compartment or container that is in or affixed securely to the vehicle and out of reach of the driver and any passenger in the vehicle. (13A-11-73(b))
Alaska:   Any person who can legally own a firearm can possess a loaded handgun openly or concealed in a vehicle
Arizona:   Any person who can legally own a handgun can possess a loaded handgun concealed in a vehicle
Arkansas:   Any person who can legally own a handgun can possess a loaded handgun concealed in a vehicle
California:   Handguns must be unloaded and stored in a locked container. This does not include the utility or glove compartment.
Colorado:   Handguns may be transported concealed only in vehicles within the state
Connecticut:   Handgun carry in vehicle prohibited except when in compliance with 18 USC 926A (see page 60)
Delaware:   No concealed firearms. It must be carried openly in the vehicle such as on the seat or dash.
District of Columbia:   Handgun carry in vehicle prohibited except when in compliance with 18 USC 926A (see page 60)
Florida:   Firearms need to be securely encased or otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use
Georgia:   Any person who can legally own a handgun can possess a loaded handgun in a vehicle
Hawaii:   Not permitted
Idaho:   Handguns must be in plain view if loaded, but can be concealed if unloaded. Long guns can be visible or concealed.
Illinois:   If you can legally carry a concealed firearm in your home state you can carry a loaded concealed firearm within your vehicle. Long guns must remain unloaded and cased. Otherwise be in compliance with 18 USC 926A (see page 60)
Indiana:   Handguns must be unloaded, not readily accessible, and secured in a case
Iowa:   Handguns must be unloaded and inside a closed and fastened container which is too large to be concealed on the person or inside a cargo or luggage compartment where the handgun will not be readily accessible to any person riding in the vehicle (724.4(f))
Kansas:   Anyone 21+ who can legally possess a firearm can carry it openly or concealed in or out of a vehicle in Kansas
Kentucky:   Handguns, loaded or unloaded, may be kept in plain view or in any factory-installed enclosed container or compartment such as a glove compartment, center console, or seat pocket. KRS 527.020
Louisiana:   Firearms may be carried openly or in the glove compartment, console, or trunk of vehicle.
Maine:   Anyone 21+ may carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle
Maryland:   Handgun carry in vehicle prohibited except when in compliance with 18 USC 926A (see page 60)
Massachusetts:   Unloaded guns may be in vehicles if secured in the trunk or in a locked case or other secure container
Michigan:   Handguns need to be unloaded and in a closed case designed for the storage of firearms in the trunk of the vehicle or in a place not readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle
Minnesota:   Handguns must be unloaded, and contained in a closed and fastened case, gunbox, or securely tied package (624.714)
Mississippi:   Anyone 18+ can carry a firearm within the confines of any motor vehicle
Missouri:   A weapon may be carried anywhere in a vehicle
Montana:   Montana has no prohibitions against carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle
Nebraska:   There is no state restriction relating to unloaded handguns in plain sight but local ordinances may require the firearm being securely encased
Nevada:   Loaded handguns are lawful if not "on the person." Under a seat, in a glove box, or on top of a seat are NOT considered "on the person." Loaded long guns are illegal.
New Hampshire:   Handguns are lawful loaded or unloaded, open or concealed, by resident or non-resident within a vehicle
New Jersey:   No firearms in vehicles in NJ without a valid NJ permit / license
New Mexico:   Handguns may be loaded and concealed in vehicle
New York:   No firearms in vehicles in NY without a valid NY permit / license
North Carolina:   Firearms are legal when they are openly displayed OR in a locked glove box, locked console, or in the trunk
North Dakota:   Firearms must be secured, meaning closed into a trunk or nonpassenger part of the vehicle or rendered inoperative. ND residents of 1 year or more can carry an unsecured firearm
Ohio:   Handguns must be not accessible to the operator or any passenger w/o leaving the vehicle and must be unloaded, and carried in a closed package or in plain sight within a holster or on a rack.
Oklahoma:   Any firearm can be transported in a vehicle so long as it is unloaded and in plain view.
Oregon:   Loaded handguns are ok so long as they are not concealed and not readily accessible unless in a locality with different laws
Pennsylvania:   Firearms prohibited in vehicle without valid permit unless: You possess a valid license for that firearm issued by any state or you possess a license or permit to carry from a state which the attorney general has determined has similar firearm laws to PA regardless of reciprocity status (18 PA.C.S.A. 6106)
Rhode Island:   Handguns allowed in vehicle if you possess a valid license or permit from any other state that allows you to carry a handgun in a vehicle
South Carolina:   Loaded handgun legal if contained in closed glove box, console, or trunk (luggage compartment)
South Dakota:   Handguns may be in a vehicle of a non-permittee when they are in the trunk or other closed compartment or a closed container too large to be effectively concealed on the person or within the person's clothing.
Tennessee:   Loaded firearms can be carried openly or concealed in a private vehicle so long as it is not "on the person"
Texas:   Loaded handguns allowed if concealed
Utah:   Loaded handguns may be concealed or open in the vehicle
Vermont:   Loaded handguns allowed in vehicle. Long guns must be unloaded
Virginia:   Handguns must be secured in a container or compartment within the vehicle. Consoles, glove compartments, or other areas within or on the vehicle that can be closed meets the qualifications
Washington:   Handgun carry in vehicle prohibited except when in compliance with 18 USC 926A (see page 60)
West Virginia:   Anyone 21+ who can legally possess a firearm may have it in a vehicle
Wisconsin:   Handguns must be in plain sight and above the window line
Wyoming:   Handguns must be in plain sight and not on your person. Wyoming residents may carry concealed on the person.
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