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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by rebeldog1, Mar 14, 2013.

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  1. rebeldog1

    rebeldog1 TS Member

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    I am looking into legality of combining two fun hobbies,carrying my guns to a shooting range on a motorcycle.As some ranges like Myrtle Grove in southern Maryland don't sell ammo you would have to carry it with you.Through internet searches I have found Title 18 Section 926A that covers interstate transport of firearms to gun ranges etc.in vehicles like cars with separate compartments for gun and ammo or pick-ups in which both would be carried in the passenger compartment requiring a lockable storage compartment for ammo(not the glove box or console).On the motorcycle my gun would be in a soft case with sling to carry over my shoulder with ammo in a separate case either with a lock or a lock to go around the handle. The case I have is a plastic clamshell type with two halves combining for the handle and slide latches made by Doskocil for pistols that has removable foam.Are there any shooters in this forum that have done this or have looked into this question?I went to a local attorney and he says this is a tough question to answer but he would look into it and have an answer soon.
     
  2. dhip

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    Why not buy one of those towable trailers that way it would meet seperate compartment laws.You could also build a customized trailer just for guns and shells.probably be a fun projest.I have a freind that has built several tow behind trailers for special equipment.He's a real redneck,so his trailers are functional,but usually not to pretty,,LMAO.Really though,making a trailer for the bike might be interesting to do.

    Doug H.(pa)
     
  3. Oregunner

    Oregunner Well-Known Member

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    Are you planning on crossing state lines with your gun and motorcycle? If not, it seems like a call to the state police would answer your question. I ride my bike to the gun range whenever the weather cooperates. I have a lockable trunk behind my seat that I use for the range bag and ammo, and put my O/U shotgun in a soft case, and strap it to the bike. But, I do live in the wild west. :) Mark
     
  4. flabigpapa

    flabigpapa Well-Known Member

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    Soft case..strapped to handelbars..shells and glasses in saddle bags..HD Road King. NE. Georgia Mts. Great Rides to Gun Clubs.
     
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    We have a doctor who rides to our club on his BMW with guns strapped to it, ammo also
     
  6. johnboy

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    I put my gun in a hard case and strap it to the back of the road king. A soft case will not offer much protection if the unexpected happens.
     
  7. CR7Prez

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    My wife and I ride our Harley Davidson to shoots all Summer long here in NY. I strap the guns in their cases and our shooting bags right onto the luggage rack. Never had any issues with the "Law" and we shoot with several Officers. Next time we go I'll post some pics. Gonna be a while, temps here in NY are not forcasted to be very warm in the wees to come. Think Spring!!!
     
  8. rebeldog1

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    Don't have a touring bike with saddle bags so I would have to strap a case to a luggage rack.Just worried about nervous people since Newtown or overzealous officers being curious,want to make sure I'm legal before doing it.
     
  9. Shootrman

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    I've gone from Pa. To Vandelia, Ohio (the Grand) had my perazzi in a break down leather case strapped across my handle bars with shells in my saddle bags. It seems the "biker" has or at least had a bad name. Just about Everytime I had that gun case on the bike I got stopped. They all said it was just a routine stop. I was polite, told them in advance, I respect the badge and what they do and immediately told them what was in the case. I told them I was going to a champion shoot. All have been very polite after I told them that. I was stopped in Pa., Oh, Md, NJ, NY, & Del. maybe I'm just ugly.
     
  10. jpollo

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    In AZ i have a scabberd on my front forks and have a back pack for my ammo. No problem with the HD or law enforcement. Move to a state that respects the #2
     
  11. jpollo

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    In AZ i have a scabberd on my front forks and have a back pack for my ammo. No problem with the HD or law enforcement. Move to a state that respects the #2
     
  12. Chango2

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    MC and a long gun seems like a fun idea, but having had MC experience cross country off road, I cringe to think how dangerous a crash would be with a loose pipe around you. I kinda say to myself, "why?" in the first place. A long gun is an object that can impale you easily in a moderate crash.

    Maybe a trailer is the best idea?
     
  13. jmac_cope

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    I also have a Road King and do as JohnBoy explained. Works great!

    JMAC
     
  14. Leo

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    I carry on a motorcycle. I would caution against carrying on your person. Even where my license to carry is observed, I never carry on me. I have been down three times in the last 35 years. In 2004 I went down HARD. As in they tied me to a board for transport and swept my bike up with a shovel. If my pistol was on me, I am sure I would have a 1911 shaped piece broken out of my pelvic bone. I put the pistol in a tank bag where I can carry. Where I cannot I just put it in a case and put everything in a duffle bag. I use plenty of bungie cords and have never had a problem.

    Most of the state statutes use the wording "readily accessable to the driver" It would be pretty tough to take a 1/2 dozen bungie cords loose, unzip a duffle, remove and open a pistol box and an ammo box, etc while operiating the cycle.

    I used to carry my AR to matches on the bike in an old molded FENDER guitar case, the kind that said "FENDER" in bold letters. People, including police would slow down and look, wave and smile, and leave me alone. Sometimes the best hiding place is out in the open.
     
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    My Ultra Classic makes a fine haulin' wagon.You do get a few odd looks but I have not been stopped or harassed by anyone.You just can't jump off and run in for a Diet Coke without another person being with you.AND....YOU LOOK KINDA FUNNY CARRYING THE CASE WITH YOU TO THE BATHROOM AT MICKEY DEES.....Go for it!!!
     
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    There's a fella in Ohio that has a sidecar rebuilt to be lockable and to handle all his gear. A novel set-up.

    Big Jack
     
  17. Auctioneer

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    As one said a small trailer. You cna also get a side car. Those are your best choices.
     
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    Wyoming might be a little iffy...!

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A Wyoming sheriff's deputy who detained a combat veteran in handcuffs for openly carrying a pistol offered to let him go if he agreed to let another deputy draw his weapon and shoot if the veteran made any sudden moves while driving away, court records show.

    Capt. Robert Pierson, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot who has served two combat tours in Afghanistan, has filed a civil rights lawsuit over the August 2011 incident.

    Pierson, 31, of Pensacola, Fla., was carrying the pistol, which is legal in Wyoming, when he was pulled over by Deputy Corry Bassett of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

    In a sworn statement this month, Bassett acknowledged he offered to release Pierson if he allowed Deputy Rob Andazola to draw his weapon and cover Pierson.

    Pierson declined the offer and was released without a citation when a supervisor arrived.

    Pierson said he was on a cross-country trip on his Harley-Davidson when Bassett pulled him over outside Alpine in western Wyoming. A person had reported that someone matching Pierson's description had passed a number of slow-moving motorhomes, authorities said.

    "I didn't know whether kicking my leg over the bike, or walking away, or what they could possibly constitute as a hostile act," Pierson said in a telephone interview Monday. "I didn't like the terms. And I was a little unnerved by the fact that they were threatening lethal force with a deadly weapon against a man who was compliant, in handcuffs, who had been screened."

    Pierson said the deputies ran his name and found he had a clean record.

    Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/combat-vet-sues-over-wyoming-traffic-stop/article_95651429-6835-5c8d-a12c-843198614f18.html#ixzz2NfCiOYuz
     
  19. rebeldog1

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    I'm trying to find out what the law is BEFORE doing this not taking the word of people who say they have done it,my motorcycle is more of a sportbike with a luggage rack to strap a case to.A trailer is kind of out of the question,I would rather just drive my truck but would like the idea of using less than half the gas.
     
  20. Oregunner

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    If you are looking for the correct legal opinion, then an internet forum is probably the wrong place to put your trust. Mark
     
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