There are a variety of ways that you can travel with your weapon depending on why you are carrying it in the first place. Some drivers stash their firearms in the trunk on the way to the range, while others carry for self-protection. How should you secure your weapon during a car accident?
If First Responders Are on the Scene
If there are police on the scene and you need medical attention, inform the officer that you are armed and they can secure the weapon for you while you receive medical treatment. EMTs are not taught to engage with a firearm, but they might ask you to leave it behind in your car or carry it with you to the hospital before giving it to a law enforcement officer.
Police officers, EMTs, and hospitals understand CCW and what to do in vehicle accidents, and you will be able to pick up your weapon at the police station once you are discharged. This happens regularly, so you don’t need to worry about officers being unsure of what to do. In most states, the officer will fill out a report checking in the weapon and explaining why it was taken into custody. Getting it back is generally simple and straightforward.
If You Are Traveling in a State With Restrictions
Depending on where you are driving, you may be legally required to secure your weapon in a safe storage container with a lock that is not easily accessible when sitting in the vehicle and driving. In many cases, drivers will store firearms in a lockbox at the rear of the vehicle or in the trunk. It’s important to know that a glove compartment is not typically considered a place that is not easily accessible, so you should be prepared and always know where to stow your firearm when traveling from state to state. If you are in a car accident, the police responding to the scene will expect you to be aware of local firearm laws.
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