In PA, we don’t “register” weapons. The only time you need a “permit” is if you carry concealed.
If the weapon is in plain sight, like on the dashboard of the car, “theoretically” it is NOT concealed, and therefore legal.
Now, that will cause a boat load of controversy. Thing may have changed and I’m not going to discuss it past this point.
I used to go everywhere on my BMW, complete with a saddle sheath, rifle plainly visible from the back of the bike. It was funny, on the turnpike, I’d pass Joe homebody with all his kids in the car, and all of them would point fingers and bother dad. At the rest stops, the ninnny nannies would pee themselves and run to find the nearest LEO.
PA State Bulls at that time were professional. “Yes ma’m, we can see he has rifle, and that’s as it should be.”
The looks of confusion were priceless.
Almost always legally.(LOL)
Once in New Mexico, I brandished a tiny handgun to avert a potential “car jacking” situation, before the term “car jacking” was coined.New Mexico was an open carry state at that time.
Whether or not I still have any or even all of the guns listed on my next to the last official USAF PCS travel order, is nobodies business but my own.
I am certain the Feds have retained those records, but unsure if they would have ever shared them with Rockland County, NY, had I decided to settle there.
I don't remember anyone even looking twice. But this IS Texas, I may have stood out more if I had been wearing motorcycle gear.