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Ive heard both ways on this issue. Do you have to unload you gun when you get back into your truck? Can you carry your deer rifle around loaded?
 

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I carry an AR with a full mag but empty chamber in my backseat. It only leaves for shooting and cleaning. In AR open carry of long guns it totally legal. As long as you aren't breaking any other laws like drinking and drivin and such. Except yesterday when I didn't have it, changing it up a bit, and as soon as I get on my gravel road this dang fox that I've been trying to get is just walking down my road. I think he knew it was in pieces.

They don't do much good at home in a safe.

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The reason I ask is when coyote hunting I move from spot to spot. In and out of the truck. My understanding was more people were getting shot loading and unloading so they allowed you to leave em hot. Im not talking about handguns. Just hunting rifles.
 

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It is unlawful for a person to possess a handgun on or about his
person, in a vehicle occupied by him, or otherwise readily available
for use with a purpose to employ it as a weapon against a person.

It is a defense that at the time of the act:

The person is taking a hunter safety course, hunting or going to
and from such activities.
It is lawful to carry a handgun concealed with a license.

The laws are about carrying are only for handguns, you can carry and LONGGUN. Loaded/Unloaded cased or out in the open. Now you shouldn't just walk down mainstreet with one, it would be legal, but you could still get charged with creating a distrubance or something like that.
 

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The reason I ask is when coyote hunting I move from spot to spot. In and out of the truck. My understanding was more people were getting shot loading and unloading so they allowed you to leave em hot. Im not talking about handguns. Just hunting rifles.
From everything I can tell is that you can leave them hot, I don't think the AGFC can make a law that conflicts with State law, but I wouldn't say they won't try. And if you call them I'm sure they'd lie just so you do what they want. We could post on their FB to see what they say.
 

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From everything I can tell is that you can leave them hot, I don't think the AGFC can make a law that conflicts with State law, but I wouldn't say they won't try. And if you call them I'm sure they'd lie just so you do what they want. We could post on their FB to see what they say.
I dont have FB. Let me know what they say. :up:
 

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Sounds like a hunting from a vehicle ticket to me.

If you are following gun safety rules, your gun should be on safety and pointed in a safe direction at all times. If it goes off, then it should not injure somebody, right? I know I don't go around pointing my gun at things I don't intend to kill.
 

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A WO told me last year that as long its in the truck (loaded) and your not standing on a county,state,federal road with it, it is perfectly ok. I also asked him about riding an ATV without a scabard (on county rds) and he if it was loaded it needed to be strapped across your back. Who knows what another one might say and he might have just been being nice
 

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Not to hijack this, but i have always heard you could tote a handgun in your truck when 'on a journey'...according to that link, it appears to be true..so, what constitutes a 'journey'?
 

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I own cattle and manage and oversee about other 5 farms. Coyotes and stray dogs are a big problem in certain areas and I carry my 22 Hornet all the time. I have had encounters with AGFC officers and never once have they questioned the gun in my front seat.
 

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Not sure about a "Journey" within the state but I do know that to carry a handgun across state lines with a concealed carry permit legally you must have written documentation from the state in which you are traveling.

Back to the long gun, so is it legal to walk from your stand ALL the way to the truck (say parked on a national forest road)? From what I am reading above it makes it sound legal but what about the "no hunting within x number of yds/ft of a road" rule in this case.

I also have a hard time believing it is legal to ride a four wheeler with a Loaded rifle (even if strapped to your back)especially on public areas such as national forest service roads.
Curious to know the actual rules/laws also....
 

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By law do you have to unload your gun when you moving from spot to spot, say deer/yote hunting? Say you hunt in the morning, then get in your truck go to town and then come back in the evening. I'm not asking about firearms safety and proper techniques. I'm asking about AGFC laws. B/C I don't believe it's against AR state law.


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M, it is not against Arkansas law to have a loaded rifle in your vehicle, except in places like campgrounds. But it is a good idea -- in my opinion -- to unload for safety reasons.

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Hi M, AGFC does not have a regulation against carrying a loaded firearm. Check the Arkansas Laws and State Statutes. Here's a link: http://portal.arkansas.gov/residents/Pages/residentsServices.aspx

Well here we go, I asked the AGFC Facebook..
 

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Not sure about a "Journey" within the state but I do know to carry a handgun across state lines with a concealed carry permit legally you must have written documentation from the state in which you are traveling. Back to the long gun, so is it legal to walk from your stand ALL the way to the truck (say parked on a national forest road)? From what I am reading above it makes it sound legal but what about the "no hunting within x number of yds/ft of a road" rule in this case.
I also have a hard time believing it is legal to ride a four wheeler with a Loaded rifle especially on public areas such as national forest service roads.
If you have CCL you only have to have written documentaion if the state doesn't honor Arkansas' permit
 

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Not sure about a "Journey" within the state but I do know to carry a handgun across state lines with a concealed carry permit legally you must have written documentation from the state in which you are traveling. Back to the long gun, so is it legal to walk from your stand ALL the way to the truck (say parked on a national forest road)? From what I am reading above it makes it sound legal but what about the "no hunting within x number of yds/ft of a road" rule in this case.
I also have a hard time believing it is legal to ride a four wheeler with a Loaded rifle especially on public areas such as national forest service roads.
You can hop on a Harley, and strap an AR-15 to your back and ride from the top of the state to the bottom if you want.......
 

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I farm and carry no less than 2 loaded rifles in my truck year round. I am not always on the farm and have been stopped by state police and local cops. I have also spoken with game and fish on multiple occassions. There has never been a word said about my rifles. I do not case them and they are not hidden. I carry them 1 between my leg and console and the other on passenger side against console. When I use the big red on the farm and traveling county roads I have one of the rifles in it loaded. This has also never been a problem. As far as legal or not I cannot quote the law but I have never had anyone say anything.
 
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