As we move into 2024, the landscape of gun laws affecting truck drivers is changing. The complex interplay of state and federal regulations creates a challenging environment for truck drivers who wish to carry firearms for self-protection. This article takes a deep dive into the latest developments in gun laws for truck drivers.

A Common Misconception

Contrary to popular belief, there is no federal law that explicitly prohibits truck drivers from carrying guns in their trucks. However, that does not mean truck drivers can freely carry firearms across all states. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does not have restrictions on carrying a licensed firearm, but it’s essential to understand that each state has its own gun laws that must be followed.

Interstate Transportation of Firearms

The interstate transportation of firearms by truck drivers can be complex due to varying state laws. Some states have strict gun control laws, while others are more lenient. Truck drivers must comply with the specific laws of each state they travel through, which can be challenging considering the differences from one state to another.

New Regulations in 2024

As of November 18, 2024, all prohibited drivers, including those with certain criminal convictions, will lose either existing commercial driving privileges or their approval for a Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). This could potentially impact truck drivers who carry firearms, particularly if their prohibited status is due to a firearms-related offense.

State-Specific Laws

State-specific laws play a significant role in determining if and how truck drivers can carry guns. For instance, California is introducing SB 2, which will regulate gun permits starting January 1, 2024. This new law focuses on establishing a stronger vetting program for obtaining a concealed carry weapon (CCW) license.

In contrast, there is currently no law in Illinois that prohibits drivers from having guns in their trucks. However, truckers must adhere to specific stipulations depending on the state they are in. For example, guns are not allowed on most U.S. military bases and many private properties.

The Importance of CCW Permits

A concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit can be an important tool for truck drivers who wish to carry a gun. The process to obtain a CCW permit varies by state, but typically involves background checks and firearms safety training. Advancing legislation that would allow truck drivers to travel freely between states while carrying a concealed weapon is a priority for some lawmakers. However, it is important for truck drivers to be aware of their state’s laws and regulations regarding CCW permits before traveling across state lines.


Understanding the latest gun laws for truck drivers in 2024 requires careful attention to both federal and state laws. While there is no federal law that outright bans truck drivers from carrying guns, state laws vary widely and must be adhered to. As laws continue to evolve, staying informed is crucial for any truck driver wishing to carry a firearm for self-protection.

For more detailed information on gun laws affecting truck drivers, consider visiting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website or consult with a legal professional.

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