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    My wife is a public school teacher in Texas and also has her Texas CHL. Is there any way for her to legally keep a weapon safely locked in her truck parked in the school parking lot? The law seems to be a little vague here. I know that as a CHL holder, I can have a weapon on the premises as long as I do not enter the building. Her school is in a not-so-great area of town and it would be really nice if the law would allow her to protect herself coming and going to work.

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    If it's in her car and locked, I don't see why not.

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    In Oklahoma, no guns on school property at all including parking lots. Not supposed to carry when picking up your child.no. not even in your vehicle. This is what I understand

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    In Michigan aslong as it is locked securely in the vehicle yes it is legal. If it is a bad part I would not only lock the vehicle but somehow bolt or weld a lock box to the vehicle so it is not broken into and stole

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    "Here's the key>>It is unlawful for a handgun license holder to carry a handgun on the premises of: parking lots are not premises unless in a gated area I belive"

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    It is legal in Texas but the employer (school) policy will be the determining factor since I doubt the parking lot is gated as required for the parking lot laws protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texasbirdhunter View Post
    My wife is a public school teacher in Texas and also has her Texas CHL. Is there any way for her to legally keep a weapon safely locked in her truck parked in the school parking lot? The law seems to be a little vague here. I know that as a CHL holder, I can have a weapon on the premises as long as I do not enter the building. Her school is in a not-so-great area of town and it would be really nice if the law would allow her to protect herself coming and going to work.
    Sorry, I guess my real question is does anyone know if there is somewhere to get a waiver from the NEISD school district that would allow her to keep a weapon in her vehicle?

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    In oklahoma you ARE allowed to bring it on the premises but only to pick up a student and leave. You cant exit the vehicle even if the firearm is locked inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texasbirdhunter View Post
    Sorry, I guess my real question is does anyone know if there is somewhere to get a waiver from the NEISD school district that would allow her to keep a weapon in her vehicle?
    First, it is legal to store a gun in the vehicle in a parking lot of your employer, even though it may be illegal to carry on the premises. The TX legislature voted this in the last session. SEE: Relating to the possession of firearms by employees in employers’ parking areas. Senate Bill 321 82nd Leg. R.S.

    Also, the TX CHL laws define the parking lot as not being part of the premises. So while it is illegal to carry in a school, it is not illegal to store a firearm in the vehicle in the parking lot

    The CHL manual of laws can be downloaded from the txdps.state.tx.us website, and are the laws pertaining to carry in TX. Here are the pertinent statutes:

    Penal Code 46.03. PLACES WEAPONS PROHIBITED.

    (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon listed in Section 46.05(a):
    (1) on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution;

    Penal Code 46.035. UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF HANDGUN BY LICENSE HOLDER.

    (b)(2) on the premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place, unless the license holder is a participant in the event and a handgun is used in the event;

    (f)(3) “Premises” means a building or a portion of a building. The term does not include any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area.

    * Get a good gun vault and cable it down to the seat frame or such - a gun in the trunk is worthless. And I would not in any way notify NEISD or any other entity of my intentions or activities concerning the legal possession or use of my personal firearm.

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    The new Texas Parking Lot law makes specific exception for schools so it would not be legal unless the school district granted permission.
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