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    A little Clarity

    I ran into an LEO today and I asked him if was able to carry in my vehicle. He said it could be in the glove box if it was able to be locked...but he said that it did not have to be locked. But from all the searching that I have done the law says nothing about being locked.

    I have copied the Line of SECTION 16-23-20 that talks about carrying a handgun in a vehicle. I guess I just want to see if you guys are reading this the same way I am.

    (9) a person in a vehicle if the handgun is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle; however, this item is not violated if the glove compartment, console, or trunk is opened in the presence of a law enforcement officer for the sole purpose of retrieving a driverís license, registration, or proof of insurance;


    Thanks for any clearing up.

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    You are right and he is wrong. He needs to read the law and get familiar with it. Nothing has to be locked.
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    so there doesn't have to be a lock on it at all? correct?

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    Correct - no lock needed. A center console of many vehicles do not lock, but are legal to carry a firearm in them.
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    As I understand it.. It has to be able to be closed... glove box, what ever that really is, or the center console... and should be closed with the handgun in it until the LEO ask you for something that is in there, then you can legally open it in front of the officer. ( I think I'd inform him or her of the gun in there first) then again from your question I presume you don't currently have a S.C. CWP. If you do then the handgun can be on your person, which brings up all kinds of other questions.

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    Yeah I do not have my CWP right now but i am taking my class in May....I usually dont have the need to carry it unless im going into the rowdy part of town....so i just want to make sure that I am legal so if I do get pulled the LEO cant slap a charge on me that would not allow me to get my CWP....
    Thanks for all the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feldon22 View Post
    Yeah I do not have my CWP right now but i am taking my class in May....I usually dont have the need to carry it unless im going into the rowdy part of town....so i just want to make sure that I am legal so if I do get pulled the LEO cant slap a charge on me that would not allow me to get my CWP....
    Thanks for all the help
    You may want to reconsider your reasoning behind when "carrying". Imagine what you would do if you ever got into a SD situation and ended up in court. The prosecutor would ask "Why were you carrying your firearm?" Your response "I felt I needed it since I was going into the rowdy part of town." The prosecutor will then ask "Were you looking for trouble by going into the rowdy part of town?" I'm sure you get the picture.

    Not trying to harp on you, just offering a suggestion based on my personal experience. My answer to carrying would be "I carry whenever and wherever I'm legally allowed to do so. I'm not psychic and never know when I'll need my firearm."



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    Thanks for the advice....I guess i should have chosen my wording a little differently.

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    What Glock Fan was explaining is a fault in many folks who carry thinking.... trying to predict when you might need to use deadly force is not logical... because of the simple reasoning that if you knew you were going to need to use a gun you would not go there.

    Many of the bad things that happen.. occur when you least expect them and in places that are supposed to be safe.

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    I have my sccwp and am unclear about vehicle carry. I believe i can carry on my person while in my vehicle. Pleas advise if anyone else reads it this way. Also can I carry it in my center console or in the open on the front seat with a cwp?

    Thanks

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