I'll be visiting family up in Maine in a few weeks and wanted to try and get some clarification on the laws around having a handgun in my possession. I live in New Jersey where I have a Firearms ID card and one handgun permit. This permit does not allow me to carry my gun. I can only legally transport it to and from the range - provided I go straight to and straight from the range. Also it must be stowed in the proper manner which means the gun must be locked in an area of the car not easily accessible (the trunk for example), unloaded and ammo must also be locked in a separate container also not easily accessible.
My question is: if I want to bring my .45 so me and my cousin can plink off some rounds where he does his target practice, if I treat the gun like I would if I'm in jersey, I'm not breaking any state laws am I? My cousin is telling me if I really wanted I could keep the gun in a holster on my hip as long as it is in plain view and not loaded. Is that correct? Also what if we go on a hike somewhere off the beaten path? Can I open carry in that manner? Or could I potentially be charged for some infraction?
My main objective is to just have some fun target practicing and let my cousin check out my new gun. But if I'm legally allowed to have it on me for protection out in the woods too, then heck I'm going to enjoy that freedom while I'm up there LOL
Well ...if you guys can help me out I would really appreciate that.
Thanks a lot!