Riding motorcycle with rifle/long gun on back?

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  1. austin edwards

    austin edwards New Member

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    Hello all, i was curious as to what the laws are on openly carrying a rifle (ar-15 for me) in public are? I have done some research and tx law seems to state that you do not need a permit or license to openly carry a long gun in places you can carry a handgun.

    I would love to be able to save the diesel by riding my street bike/motorcycle to the range + better ranges that are really far away, only problem is my gun case is nearly impossible to attach with me feeling safe enough for a 2 hour ride and not loosing my rifle. Sooo can anyone give some clarity to this? I would like to ride with sling on rifle slung over back openly but will most likely get pulled over or called in to the cops, but can i still do it legally?

    Also what are some quality bags i can break down my gun to put in if i choose to not ride mad max style haha. Something thats good for a high dollar scope preferred.

    As for my handgun i believe that since i am not a license holder i have to strap the handgun case to the motorcycle therefore its not on my person. Correct??
     


  2. Younggun

    Younggun Doer of Deeds TGT Supporter Admin

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    On a bike a handgun would need to be out of plain sight.

    Those rules don't apply to rifles. The bigger issue is making sure that the rifle doesn't shift during the ride causing bad things to happen.

    I've considered doing the same to make a trip to the range that much more enjoyable, but never felt like I could adequately secure the rifle.

    If you are stopped (good chance you won't be) don't be as ass and you'll probably be sent on your way with little or no trouble.
     
  3. easy rider

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    I carry my rifle in a soft case sticking out of my saddle bag and strapped to the backrest. As Younggun says, out of sight for a handgun if you don't have an LTC. I often carry a handgun in a small range bag in the other saddle bag, plus the one I'm carrying.
     
  4. austin edwards

    austin edwards New Member

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    Awesome! i think what ill most likely do is get a good bag to carry my broken down rifle in, but its comforting to know your rights whenever guns are involved.
     
  5. grasshopperglock

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    I don't have saddlebags. Not too many areas on a bobber have enough room to carry anything.

    I use an Army surplus patrol back pack. I take the upper off the lower. The pack isn't that big so the barrel sticks out the top. The problem comes from having the weight on your spine and not the bike. 15# of bouncing weight on your back will wear you out.
     
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  6. Younggun

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    There are a few places that make some nice scabbards for motorcycles. And some more permanent fixtures similar to why motorcycle cops are using.

    May or may not be an option, depending on what kind of stuff you want attached to your bike. A leather scabbard with a nice lever gun could be pretty appealing, but stopping at the store on the way could be an issue.
     
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  7. austin edwards

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    younggun: was just thinking that haha i see a few places i could possibly side mount some pegs or a rack of some sort. Plus good point on the gas station, doubt ill be able to just walk in without causing a scene, hopefully the card reader at the pump works lmao
     
  8. Wedge1

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    I want to answer this one as an officer. If dispatch received a report of a « man with a gun » riding a motorcycle then obviously we must investigate to see the issue. Once I’ve determined it is simply a method of transportation then off you go. Contrary to popular belief officers are not allowed to ignore any call from dispatch and must answer the situation. We cannot simply answer back on the radio and state « legal in Texas to have a long gun I’m 10-8 ». Doesn’t work that way. If it did I can tell you I’d have ignored thousands of worthless and ridiculous calls. Lol.

    The thing to do is to break tour AR15 down to its’ upper and lower separated and out then both in a backup. This way no harm will likely come if anything. And consider that if you’re openly carrying it strapped on your back you also have two others thins to thing about: 1. Wrecks. On a motorcycle it is WHEN not if you’ll
    Wreck. And 2. You’re an easy target for people to harass. You’ve basically invited the anti gun whackos to call you in.
     
  9. Charlie

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    Sounds reasonable to me! But ................ I don't own or ride a motorcycle.
     
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  10. austin edwards

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    Wedge1: thank you! Thats why i just went and bought a gun backpack from academy. super secure has two chest straps, my broken down ar-15 fits nice and neat with plenty of ammo room plus no barrel sticking out also its padded for a comfortable ride. Got to thinking about it and as cool as it sounds to ride openly slung across your back, is just asking for trouble. could be at a red light minding my own and not see someone coming up behind me and cut my sling and off goes my gun. At least with this bag your gonna have one heck of a time getting that off me.
     


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