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Old 04-08-2007, 07:17 PM   #1
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I am a Texas CHL license holder. I would like to know if I need to pre-check per state if I can carry while there or can I carry nationwide?

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Old 04-09-2007, 09:25 PM   #2
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You gotta check the state laws. You definitely can't go nationwide without checking the specific laws of the state you are going. Some states are pretty strict

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Anyone know about carrying in Mexico and Canada?

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Yes, don't try it.

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Anyone know about carrying in Mexico and Canada?
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"Traveler's Guide to the Firearms Laws of the Fifty States"
Great book that will tell you all you need to know, make sure you get the current edition.
Some states will honor your permit and you can carry just like your home state, others will not honor you permit and then you have to follow the laws of that state as if you have no permit. The laws vary so much from state to state that carry can get pretty complicated.

Mexico has a total wepons ban for civilians. Getting caught with a stray round of ammo in your trunk can get you thrown in the hole. Then it's time to start bribing your way out of jail.

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Mexico has a total wepons ban for civilians. Getting caught with a stray round of ammo in your trunk can get you thrown in the hole. Then it's time to start bribing your way out of jail.
Not entirely true. While Mexico has very tight gun control laws civilians can own firearms. As a foreign national however you would not be alowed to bring any ammunition or firearms with you across the border without special clearance. Such permits are usually granted for hunting, however CCW is possible in Mexico if you can demostrate the need for a permit (hard to do, think California). Pistol calibers are limited to .380 and smaller for automatics, and .38 or smaller for revolvers. Any rifles in military calibers are off limits.

Canada AFAIK has no provisions for CCW, and like Mexico as a foreigner you would need to obtain authorization to transport arms across the border.

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While that sounds like a good book I wouldnt make it my sole source of information. If you have any doubts as to the legalities regarding CCW in a state call the State Police of that state before you travel. They can tell you if your permit is valid in thier state, as well as answer any other questions you may have. The problem with books is that they may not reflect the current laws.
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"Traveler's Guide to the Firearms Laws of the Fifty States"
has all the contact info for the state attorney generals office etc. I'm not hocking this book I just happen to know that it's a great resource.

Firearms possession in Mexico is theoretically possible, yes. I was speaking in practical terms. It is basically impossible to get the permit unless you have a lot of money and the right political connections.
New York City technically has concealed carry provisions, too but try to find somebody with the permit.

If you are going hunting in Mexico it is best to make provisions for a guide who can supply the rifle, the ammo and the proper permits. That way he takes all the responsibility.

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You can carry here in Colorado

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Here's a good resource for information about state CCW laws and reciprocity: www.packing.org

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Check: http://www.handgunlaw.us/

Most of the questions I had about state laws were answered there.

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