Just depends on how big a dick the officer wants to be.
It is legal to carry a gun in your vehicle in Texas as long as you are traveling. The law does not define "travel". So, if the cop wanted to be a dick, then he could take your gun, arrest you and you would spend Thousands of $'s to get it dismissed because they have to prove that you weren't traveling. It's basically going to be up to the Judge or Jurors to determine if you were or were not traveling.
If i didn't have my CHL, I would definately still carry, but make sure to point out (in a respectful way) that per texas law I am allowed to carry in my vehicle when traveling. You might even look up the law and print it out and keep in your glove box since we all know that most cops don't know all of the laws. Except the ones they see people breaking most often and commit to memory.
Don't listen to this^. That is the old way (well, old since 2007). Here's the law:
Sec.A46.02.AAUNLAWFUL CARRYING WEAPONS.
A (a)A person
commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or
recklessly carries on or about his or her person a handgun, illegal
knife, or club if the person is not:
(1)on the person ís own premises or premises under the
person ís control; or
(2)inside of or directly en route to a motor vehicle
that is owned by the person or under the person ís control.
(a-1)A person commits an offense if the person
intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries on or about his or
her person a handgun in a motor vehicle that is owned by the person
or under the person ís control at any time in which:
(1)the handgun is in plain view; or
(2)the person is:
(A)engaged in criminal activity, other than a
Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance
(B)prohibited by law from possessing a firearm; or
(C)a member of a criminal street gang, as
defined by Section 71.01.
(a-2)For purposes of this section, "premises" includes
real property and a recreational vehicle that is being used as
living quarters, regardless of whether that use is temporary or
permanent. In this subsection, "recreational vehicle" means a motor
vehicle primarily designed as temporary living quarters or a
vehicle that contains temporary living quarters and is designed to
be towed by a motor vehicle. The term includes a travel trailer,
camping trailer, truck camper, motor home, and horse trailer with
(b)Except as provided by Subsection (c), an offense under
this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
(c)An offense under this section is a felony of the third
degree if the offense is committed on any premises licensed or
issued a permit by this state for the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 693, Sec. 1, eff. September 1,