I get a lot of people in the Houston gun shop who have no idea that it can be perfectly legal to carry a loaded firearm in their vehicle.(4 golden rules)
The motorist protection act is one of many things I go over in my weekly Texas Concealed Handgun License Class here at Houston Gun Forum Gun Shop and CHL Classroom. I feel that overall lack of knowledge on the subject calls for me to explain it very clearly, so you can easily share this with your friends and family who might not have the most up to date information.
The Texas Motorist Protection Act (MPA) : HB 1815 is very simple.
In 2009 the Texas legislature passed HB 1815, also known as The Motorist Protection Act (MPA). The bill affects the Penal Code, allowing citizens to carry a handgun “inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle that is owned by the person or under the person’s control”, providing:
the handgun remains concealed
the person is not engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic
the person is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm
the person is not a member of a criminal street gang
Pretty cut and dry right?
It is a little more complicated than it seems, as there are some very important points to consider. Leaving an unsecured firearm in your vehicle is never a good idea. Also Federal property such as the Post Office and some Texas Parks (Corps of Army Engineers Projects) are off limits to the storage of firearms, even if its in your vehicle locked away in the parking lot.
I sell a variety of small safes and security boxes that are specifically designed to keep your firearm and other valuables completely safe from smash and grab bandits.
If you know someone who may not know about this law, share this! We need to stay informed as good law-abiding citizens. We have been given a very important and valuable opportunity to legally protect ourselves, or family, and our property from violent criminals. Its a proven fact that in places where there are more guns allowed to be carried legally, there is less crime. Violent criminals want easy, unarmed, scared prey. They do not want ANYTHING to do with armed, confident, and educated people.
Know your rights! Come to Houston CHL class and get legal to carry, and get the knowledge you need to do so without violating any laws! A CHL license is not a free pass to carry anywhere you like, there are many Texas gun laws and regulations to the licensed concealed carry of a firearm, and you need to know what they are before you strap on a holster!