How to Transport a Rifle on a Motorcycle

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How to Transport a Rifle on a Motorcycle
You have to make sure that your rifle is in a case and unloaded before you transport it. (rifle image by studio vision 1 from

Federal, state and local laws all have their say in how you must transport your firearms. Before you transport your firearms using a motorcycle, you should check your local laws. According to the California Department of Fish and Game, "a motorcycle is a vehicle and the laws governing the possession of loaded shotguns or rifles in vehicles apply the same as if you are in a car or a truck."

One thing that they all have in common is that you must have them unloaded and in an approved case. Each state has its own definition as to what constitutes a case. Illinois insists upon the case being some type of container that is designed specifically to carry a firearm and capable of being zipped, snapped or locked closed. Most states have very similar definitions.

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Things you need

  • Gun case
  • Locking ammo case
  • Bungee cords

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  1. 1

    Unload your gun and leave the action open.

  2. 2

    Insert the rifle into your locking rifle case and then place the ammo in its locking case. Lock both cases.

  3. 3

    Use the bungee cords to secure the rifle case to the back of your motorcycle. Secure the ammo case to the back of the motorcycle as well.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure that the safety is on before you begin unloading the rifle.
  • Always use extreme caution when handling firearms.

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