Friday, February 17, 2017

Why Truckers May be the Key to National Concealed Carry Reciprocity

 

The road can be a dangerous place for truckers. Between road-raging drivers, sketchy rest stops, and would-be criminals, many truckers face multiple life threatening incidents throughout the course of their careers.

A firearm is the obvious choice for self-defense, but many truckers hesitate to carry. The reason? The patchwork of concealed carry laws throughout the United States make it virtually impossible to carry a firearm across the country while remaining in compliance with the law.

But some truckers carry anyway—and for good reason. A survey conducted by Overdrive Magazine found that 73 percent of truckers have been in a situation in which they were unarmed but wish they were armed.

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15 comments:

  1. Irrelevant. Truckers "hesitate to carry" because trucking freight yards and trucking companies universally prohibit guns on their sites. Being found with one is cause for dismissal and a career ender. There are plenty of in-state trucking companies that also bar the practice even if the driver has a valid in state CCW. It's all about the lawyers and liability.
    Case 1: Driver gets killed by a psychopath. No liability for the trucking company.
    Case 2: Driver kills psychopath and saves his own life. Huge liability for the trucking company in wrongful death suit.

    There is no "upside" for the trucking company to help preserve the life of the truck driver since no one will punish them for his death. This can only change if property owners are held accountable for disarming employees. It might also be helpful if companies got legal immunity for shootings that employees did.

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    1. generic,

      that is very interesting, ty. I love hearing reality bits like that of how things aren't as we assume.

      If we had more people like you speaking on experience who are pursuing realistic solutions for how to help Americans, the US would be a better place.

      We have too much greed and too many know-it-all ideologues speaking on things they don't know.

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  2. Truckers....Keep your mouth shut. What folks don't know won't hurt 'em. Laws/company rules are irrelevant.

    That's what I hear, anyways.

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  3. From the linked article:

    "According to Overdrive, troopers have the right to search a commercial truck without cause...."

    Really? I challenge anyone to show me the law...

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    1. Zoomie is an active truck driver.

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    2. Zoomie is just who should be commenting then :)

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  4. I whole heartily agree with Genericviews, I too drove truck and there was times I wished I had my piece. Companies value their bottom line, not so much the driver or really the tractor and load, insurance will cover those and they also expect a certain amount of loss and plan and have reserves for that.

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    1. I assume the court system is at fault. So, even were a business manager/owner to care, he might have little choice.

      Perhaps smaller trucker companies would be friendlier. Big business though has to pursue ruthless profit. It's the nature of the beast. Stock holders demand maximum profit, not morality.

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      I know when doctors are sued, it's seen as a gamble whether the suit is won or lost. Innocent doctors are found guilty, because juries don't understand matters. So, doctors as a result have very high malpractice insurance. And I expect that drives up healthcare costs for patients.

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      I believe if a person walks on to a business's property, then falls, breaks arm on pavement, that business is then held liable in some manner. Or the property owner is held liable (if property is leased).

      Our court system is really messed up.

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    2. I know when doctors are sued, it's seen as a gamble whether the suit is won or lost. Innocent doctors are found guilty, because juries don't understand matters. So, doctors as a result have very high malpractice insurance. And I expect that drives up healthcare costs for patients.

      When I grew up doctors and lawyers didn't advertise as it was considered in bad taste. How far we have fallen.

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    3. Lawyers must advertise I assume because there are too many lawyers. Heavy competition.

      Doctors might need to advertise because, though there's a general shortage of them, there are many specialties. And they offer a lot of nonessential services now, like skin treatment.

      And due to the high wealth disparity in the US today, many have that excess capital to waste on beautification. Older individuals are said to compete today for younger mates.

      I'm not sure how advertising should be done. I would like for medical costs to fall, and I believe there are simple ways to do that. I'm no socialist, but I am a populist in that I want a more-fair society, just not via socialism.

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  5. The people opposed to reciprocity are the same who are oppose to 'shall Jesus' CCW. They don't give a shit about your safety, my safety, the truckers safety....The ONLY people's safety they care about is their own. As in Sen. Fineswine who HAS a CCW....In COMMIEFORNIA.....yet who seeks to disarm ALL OF US. Appealing to these people is a waste of time unless THEY STAND TO PROFIT. So unless we can offer them something they want they will always oppose us.

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    1. Fineswine who HAS a CCW....In COMMIEFORNIA.....yet who seeks to disarm ALL OF US.

      Par for the course.

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