The children must be accompanied by their parents or an adult with permission of the parents if firearms are involved. Children are allowed by law to possess firearms when they are hunting or engaging in shooting sports.
Fleeing a tornado, or other emergency, would not be a legal justification for a non-qualified child to possess a firearm, load the firearm into the car, and take off without their parent.
The Law of Vehicle Transport
Long guns, if transported by qualifying adults for a legal purpose, must be transported chamber-empty. The long guns may have bullets in the magazine, but must be chamber empty. The long gun may be transported in the cabin of the vehicle in an exterior-locked compartment of the vehicle, or in the trunk. Handguns may be transported chamber-loaded, and stored anywhere inside of the automobile or trunk.
The handguns or long guns may be transported open or concealed. There are no state-specific laws regarding emergency situations; earthquakes, fires, floods, or tornadoes. The general laws for transporting firearms in a vehicle apply.
If you have questions about what to do in the event of a natural disaster and state of emergency, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to an Independent Program Attorney.
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