EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Wess Winn, community services officer and crime prevention coordinator with the Waxahachie Police Department to write a weekly column in an effort to answer many of the law enforcement-related questions posed by our readers. Here’s this week’s column.

Can I carry my handgun in my vehicle car?

During the 2007 Legislative session this law was adjusted to make it easier on law abiding citizens to carry a handgun in their vehicle.  

There are a couple of things which you need to remember while doing this, if it is going to be legal.  

The first is it has to be concealed; not in plain view. The second contains three parts: A). you cannot be engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic, B). prohibited by law from possessing a firearm or C). a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by section 71.01 of the Texas Penal Code.

This came from the Texas penal Code section 46.02 and I encourage readers to look up the statues online at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/ get into the specifics of this law.  

When you go to this website, click on Texas Statues and then scroll down to Penal Code and expand it.

We have pushed the Citizens Police Academy start date back until March 6.  Please go to our website www.waxahachiepd.org/ and download an application or email Officer Winn at wwinn@waxahachiepd.org  or call 469-309-4410.

FYI-You can now text a tip to Crime Stoppers by sending your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then type Hachie (space) tip.

Wess Winn holds a master peace officer certification. If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at wwinn@waxahachiepd.org or call 469-309-4410. Look for your questions to be answered here in the Waxahachie Daily Light every Sunday or listen to officer Winn’s show on KBEC Radio AM 1390 at 9 a.m. every Monday.