Pickup Gun Rack

Old Man of the Mountain

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Pickup Gun Rack

When I was a teenager, and that was quite some time ago, every pickup had a gun rack, and every gun rack had either a 30-30, 30-06, or pump shotgun on it.

Suddenly I realized that I never see a gun rack any more.

I was not carrying one due to the massive influx of criminal aliens, which was followed by another massive influx of criminal aliens after Katrina; I just did not want to give one away to a criminal which would just break my window glass and take it.

But suddenly I realize that no one has a gun rack any more.

Did I miss something?

Did it suddenly become illegal to have a Texas Gun Rack in Texas?

Please tell me that it is still legal to carry a long gun in a vehicle in Texas!
 

juwaba98

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May 9, 2008
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Yes it is still legal. However, in most cases it is not prudent to carry one in plain view like people used to. I'm sure there are still many long guns in vehicles across the state, but merely out of sight. Carrying a long gun the "old way" in a gun rack will more often than not lead to your vehicle being broken into and your gun and anything else of value stolen. In today's society a gun just sitting there for all the world to see is just too inviting.
 

JKTex

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Mar 11, 2008
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I agree, it used to be common place. It also was a good place for a hot shot and a lariat to hang from. Actually, I remember noticing empty gun racks as odd.

Midway still sells the old simple and cheap ones. In some rural areas it may be different but it seems people just can't trust like they used to. I wish people would use them again. Hell, I wish I had a place in my Excursion to put one. :D

One thing that is different though, and may be part of the reason, back in the day, a truck was a truck was a single cab. These day's it's hard to find a single cab, thus anyone carrying a long gun may just lay them in the back floor.
 

Nodena Ranger

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In Texas, you should assume that all pick-ups have at least one long gun in it. I know all my neighbors carry, usually some sort of distance rifle (.223) to shoot coyotes and pigs and during deer season some kind of big bore rifle which serves the same purpose and more. We gang up at the coffee shop 'bout daybreak and were talking this morning about how everyone used to have gun racks before the thieves got so brave on those chemicals.This my first post on this site but not my first rodeo.
 

JKTex

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In Texas, you should assume that all pick-ups have at least one long gun in it. I know all my neighbors carry, usually some sort of distance rifle (.223) to shoot coyotes and pigs and during deer season some kind of big bore rifle which serves the same purpose and more. We gang up at the coffee shop 'bout daybreak and were talking this morning about how everyone used to have gun racks before the thieves got so brave on those chemicals.This my first post on this site but not my first rodeo.

Ahhh, so the real Texas is still preserved somewhere out there? And I bet y'all have the audacity to wave at folks on the road, whether you know them or not?

So much of Texas culture has been absolutely diluted to nothing. :mad: It's always good to find a little piece still thriving out there.
 

CJS3

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Well I've got the rack, I just don't always have something in it. On the way to the range or to the field, I'm packin. Just not day to day. I'm afraid temptation for thievin is just too great.

 

Leper

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Can you imagine the 911 calls if you drove around with a couple of AKs or some other EBRs in your rack. lol
 

Shorts

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Our trucks still have the racks in them. But they're not in plain view. With the number of break ins and such, its tough to keep sticky fingers away even when there is nothing in plain sight. Frustrating to day the least.

I'd be nice of the racked rifle had an AI setting like the car alarm. Activate it when you leave and its sure to protect the vehicle while you're away.

Maybe I should start keeping a snake or a mean dog in the cab overnight.


Oh, the wave. Its normal to do that one finger wave...no, not the unfriendly one finger. After leaving TX, I angered a lot of folks with the one finger on the wheel wave. It took me a while to figure out that I had to flap all 4 fingers
 

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