Gary Brown, a Texas trucker, was on a cross-country trip shipping everyday goods. In the cab of his truck he had several firearms which are perfectly legal in Brown’s home state of Texas, but unbeknownst to him, his firearms were now illegal.

The Texas trucker was arrested and charged for carrying firearms in his vehicle while in Michigan. The gun laws between the two states are different and because of that, Brown had his firearms and ammunition seized, will be forced to pay a hefty bill including court fees and a fine.

From CDL Life:

“I didn’t realize I was breaking any laws here,” Brown said, “so I was surprised when I got pulled over and arrested.”

Despite the reduced charges, Brown was still ordered to pay $325 in fines, costs, and other court fees as well as the forfeiture of his weapons and ammunition, worth about $4,000, by Judge Susan K. Sniegowski, a ruling Brown’s attorney did not agree with.

“This man lives and makes his living in his truck,” said Brown’s attorney, James Makowski. “Everything he owns is in that truck. He needs something to defend himself.”

“I don’t know whether you are aware of it or not, but during the last 18 months or so, with all of the unrest in the country, there have been at least 30 truckers killed,” he continued. “You can understand why he wants something to defend himself with.”

Gary Brown has every reason to carry his firearms while trucking, crime is rising and naturally a truck full of goods is a ripe target. The fact that Brown’s work requires him to travel from state to state means puts him in a unique position to be punished by the fact that states have different gun laws.

National Carry Reciprocity laws would have prevented this, the measure would ensure people like Gary, who committed no misdeeds and intended to hurt no one, are protected from the fact that different states have different laws.

It’s easy for some New York Socialist or California hipster to say “simply don’t go to those states” but people like Gary ensure that the goods people use every day and rely on make it to local stores. For many people like Gary traveling to different states is a necessity and it’s simply a part of the job.

Democrats have the power to change this right now, earlier this year Republican Rep. Richard Hudson reintroduced legislation for national concealed carry reciprocity. However, instead of taking common-sense action Democrats heard the word “gun” and associated it with violence and misconstrued the legislation so it wouldn’t make it out of Congress and help everyday Americans.

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Ray
Ray
13 days ago

Makes you wonder why he was pulled over and his truck searched to begin with. We’re being told to squ-eal on others – what happened here?

Bunky
Bunky
13 days ago

Interesting that the article doesn’t mention the concept of this being the truck driver’s domicile.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
3 days ago
Reply to  Bunky

“This man lives and makes his living in his truck,” said Brown’s attorney…

Robert Taylor (DAV)
Robert Taylor (DAV)
13 days ago

According to the Constitution if the person is passing through actions he/she has the right to do things that are legal where he lives in the other states. Further it has been shown in many courts that his vehicle is his home and must be treated the same way. At this point the state of Texas should demand he be given back his property because he is a law abiding citizen in his home/workplace. The country I helped defend for over 18 years (until becoming disabled) is being destroyed from within. Where are these generals that swore to defend against foreign and domestic? They are only demand to follow orders is from the legal orders from those appointed over them.

Bob R
Bob R
13 days ago

By that logic, anyone from Michigan could legally smoke marijuana while passing through Ohio. I expect you’d have a tough time convincing a judge in Tennessee of that one. Nevertheless, I agree that having different rules in every state for carrying weapons makes very little sense, especially where people who are involved in securing interstate commerce are concerned.

Ol'Sarge
Ol'Sarge
7 days ago
Reply to  Bob R

Maybe not legally – but what makes you think they haven’t – OSU-Michigan game is in Columbus every other year.

Pizzaman7
Pizzaman7
3 days ago
Reply to  Bob R

smoking Marijuana is not a constitutional right and in fact illegal by Federal Law. the right to bear arms is a constitutional right.

Arjay
Arjay
13 days ago

The 2nd Amendment to the United States of America’s constitution GUARANTEES our right to keep (own) and bear (carry – open or concealed) to “NOT BE INFRINGED”!!

NO federal agency, state, county or city has ANY CONSTITUTIONAL authority to INFRINGE anybody’s Constitutionally protected right to bear arms.

The 2nd Amendment RESTRICTS ALL gubberrmints from requiring any kind of payment or license (infringements) in order to exercise a God given constitutionally protected right!!

Bob R
Bob R
13 days ago
Reply to  Arjay

I agree with the spirit of what you say, but we have to draw the line somewhere, don’t we? Should we allow any American to own nerve gas, or even nuclear weapons?

Stephen DiEgidio
Stephen DiEgidio
13 days ago
Reply to  Bob R

When would you need nerve gas or nukes to defend yourself?
Just hit the perpetrator with a sissy boy slap! Do you agree with that spirit?
Draw a line with your crayons!

Ol'Sarge
Ol'Sarge
7 days ago
Reply to  Bob R

What a lame assed excuse Bob R. You bring up weapons of mass destruction as an example. – So how long have you been working for Mr Bloomberg?

James
James
13 days ago

I lived 56 years in Michigan. Finally I left the place. I am not surprised at what happened to the innocent truck driver. Expect anything, and I mean anything, in Michigan/

Tim Mc
Tim Mc
13 days ago

My buddy was doing interstate and got pulled over in New York State. They took his taser, pepper spray and a decorative sword (unsharpened).
I’m sure it all looked good in his man cave.

Dusty
13 days ago

That’s odd, unless the law changed in Michigan but Michigan and Texas did have recognition and reciprocity for each other’s issued permits. Do we have all the facts ?

Joe
Joe
11 days ago
Reply to  Dusty

He did not have a Texas LTC therefore he didn’t have reciprocity with Michigan. In Texas you can carry in a vehicle without an LTC so he thought the same was true for Michigan. He was wrong. As a trucker he should’ve got his Texas LTC.

Dusty
13 days ago

Here’s what it says for Michigan carry laws. A non-resident with a permit issued by his home state may carry a concealed loaded pistol in most public areas. When stopped by police a permittee must immediately disclose that he has a concealed pistol with a carry license from his home state. any out of state permittee must also be the actual owner of the pistol he carries. licensees may carry their hand guns openly or concealed.

CAG
CAG
12 days ago

What part of “shall not be infringed” are leftards having trouble grasping? In a sense, I oppose reciprocity for the simple reason that there should be NO “differences in laws” between states. There is just ONE law – the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution which clearly states that THE RIGHT TO KEEP ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! PERIOD!!!

As far as I am concerned any politician who supports any form of 2A infringement should be executed on the spot, no exceptions. And not necessarily in a nice way, either.

Wanna stop “guns from falling into the wrong hands”? Simple – hunt down, try, convict, and execute (or at least imprison for a long stretch at hard labor) any criminals dangerous enough to be considered “the wrong hands”. You solve crime by ruthlessly eliminating the troublemakers, not by infringing upon the law abiding.

Mark
Mark
11 days ago

Well, it has to do with the “NEW 2nd amendment”. FYI I will post it here…

The NEW Second Amendment of the amended US Bill of Rights… (sorry, we no longer follow “proper procedure” for amending these pain in the ass listed rights)
A well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed EXCEPT:
You are buying the firearms for yourself.
EXCEPT: we already did away with the Militia by passing the Dick Act in 1903
EXCEPT: you say something that we deem to be verbally inappropriate.
EXCEPT: you want to open a gun store within 500 feet of a residential area.
EXCEPT: you are carrying within 1000 feet of a school.
EXCEPT: you are under indictment or information for a felony for which the judge could imprison you for more then one year.
EXCEPT: you have been convicted of a felony or any other crime for which the judge could have imprisoned you for more then one year, even if you received a shorter sentence including probation.
EXCEPT: you are a fugitive from “justice”
EXCEPT: you are an “unlawful” user of or addicted to marijuana or any depressant,stimulant, narcotic drug or any other controlled substance.
EXCEPT: you have ever been “adjudicated” mentally defective or you have ever been committed to a mental institution.
EXCEPT: you were dishonorably discharged from the armed forces.
EXCEPT: you are subject to a restraining order restraining you from harassing, stalking or threatening your child or an intimate partner or child of such partner.
EXCEPT: you have been convicted in a court of a MISDEMEANOR crime of domestic violence.
EXCEPT: you have ever renounced your “United States” citizenship
EXCEPT: you are an illegal alien
EXCEPT: the firearm fires more then one round with the pull of the trigger
EXCEPT: the firearm doesn’t have a vertical grip attached if it is a pistol
EXCEPT: the barrel on a shotgun is not shorter then 18″
EXCEPT: for sound suppressors
EXCEPT: for “armor piercing” ammunition.
EXCEPT: the rifle has a barrel no shorter then 16″. (It used to be 18″, but we accidentally sold some 16″ carbines to the public so we had to fix this and so we shortened the length to 16″ to cover our screw up.)
EXCEPT: if it is a pistol there is no shoulder stock attached.
EXCEPT: you carry it concealed, with a permit, which of course we issue and charge you for.
EXCEPT: it has a magazine that can contain more then 10 rounds
EXCEPT: the magazine is removable
EXCEPT: it is black and looks scary
EXCEPT: it makes it shoot faster then “normal”
EXCEPT: a neighbor or relative may “think” you are danger to yourself or others (Red Flag Laws)
EXCEPT: you can make your rifle fire faster with a belt loop, rubber band, loose finger or “bump stock”
EXCEPT: you can take all of the firearms away FIRST and then have “due process.”
EXCEPT EXCEPT EXCEPT…stay tuned for updated version. We the psychopaths who own you have now concluded that this new 2nd amendment is in force and effect and that you have no rights guaranteed by ANYTHING UNLESS you are in the “big club” which of course you are NOT. So screw your rights. We are in control of your television set, your phone, your computer, your air, your water and especially your pretend rights. Oh, and by the way, just in case you are wondering…we have ENFORCERS for this who are willing to shoot your children in the back, your wife in the head, burn down your church with 17 children inside just in case you think we are kidding.
One other thing…none of these exceptions apply to us. We are allowed to have whatever we want to kill you and maim you any time we want for whatever excuse we want. Just take a look at some of the wonderful things WE get to have by looking up Dillon Aero on YouTube.

Donald Baker
Donald Baker
7 days ago

These people are not very smart about weapons or how to defend themselves or their family. Check out there back pockets and I bet you it’s full of our money! I defended my country for 25 years and very professional about guns and I have a federal permit to carry all over the United States, so everyone has a right to bear and carry a firearm for self defense..

Bryant
Bryant
7 days ago

The 2nd amendment trumps state laws

Pizzaman7
Pizzaman7
3 days ago

4th amendment was violated here. why did they pull him over ? unless he was speeding or something and they saw the guns in his cabin.

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