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.

If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at wwinn@waxahachiepd.org or call 972-937-9940, Ext. 212. 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.