Transporting guns

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by asupermana, May 14, 2009.

  1. asupermana

    asupermana New Member

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    What are the laws about driving guns across state lines? I have family in FL and I'd be driving through GA and SC from NC.
     
  2. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member

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    Every state is different. GENERALLY under the "safe passage" law you can transport if they are unloaded, separated from ammo, and in a separate compartment (eg trunk) in a case. But every state is different. Some are very liberal in the application of it, so check with each state individually to be sure. You will be better off than those that travel in the northeast, I can tell you that for sure!
    Check the laws.
     

  3. propex

    propex New Member

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    This link should give you all the information you will need

    "]http://www.handgunlaw.us/"]

    :)
    Just click on the state you start from or have your permit in
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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  5. vague

    vague New Member

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    I'm a first time handgun owner in Vermont, where no licensing/permits are required for ANYTHING.

    I take it traveling THROUGH states is covered, but your final destination... you're at the mercy of whatever their laws are, correct?

    Does this mean I can't leave the oasis of Vermont with my shiny new Ruger?
    With no proof (other than a VT drivers license) that I'm allowed to carry, concealed or not, I can't think how I would persuade a cop not to take my gun and throw me in jail from something as simple as a routine traffic stop.
     
  6. m72law

    m72law New Member

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    that must be nice...no permits are needed...i need to move to vermont...lol

    as far as i know,here in N.C. being i have a CHP or even some of my friends and family that dont...when traveling in a motor vehicle,if stopped or coming into a license check...either throw the handgun on the dash...or somewhere in plain sight so the cop(s) see it...everytime i have seen this or heard this...the cop will do his thing for what ever reason your there in the first place and run the firearms SN. and when they hand it back to you ,they will more then likely give it back unloaded & say something like...( i dont like giving back a loaded weapon...you can load it down the road)...something like that...i've heard and seen it to many times...as for rifles?IDK?..crossing into diffrent states of course...your mileage will very...just when coming into NC stay away from gaston county!..the cops there really have nuttin better to do then fu#k with people..:D
     
  7. canebrake

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    Once you leave Vermont you will be illegal if carrying!

    Get a Florida or Utah non-residence CCW license. You don't need one at home but will be covered in all states with reciprocity. (See the two sites below.)

    You may want to check the wait time for Utah, Florida is jammed with requests and even working the weekends are not keeping up with the demand. >90 days

    Go here for information:

    Florida CCW License

    Utah CCW License
     
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  8. vague

    vague New Member

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    good info, thanks!

    Sad though, as most of my family is in NY.... I should probably just leave the Ruger at home when I cross back to NY to visit.
     
  9. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    WTF? Is that some kind of dig at NYistan? :p

    I hate you! :p


    If I recall correctly and you hold to the letter of the law I think it is almost impossible to transport a firearm in or through NY. From the information I researched the firearm cannot be loaded, the firearm and ammo must be in separate, locked containers and in separate, locked compartments of the vehicle.

    Someone correct me if I am wrong.
     
  10. vague

    vague New Member

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    I believe you're right from all the bits of info I've heard in the past.

    Best I could separate gun/ammo would be to put one in the glovebox. I drive a coupe, an Audi TT. Actually, the glovebox is so small, I bet I couldn't fit the gun in there.
    NY is the reason I moved out of NY.
     
  11. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    SOME states give Vermont residents the courtesy of assuming you have the equivalent of a CCW- link: CCRKBA :: CCW Reciprocity Guide Your Vermont Driver's license IS what you need.

    DO NOT CARRY handgun in the glovebox if you are not legal in that state. When stopped, and asked for your registration and insurance card, well, its in the glovebox. :eek: The Federal Law I gave you the link to earlier says NOT IN THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT (unless you have no trunk, then in a locked case)
     
  12. vague

    vague New Member

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    thanks, more good info!

    Looks pretty clear cut. Carry in VT, don't carry anywhere else.


    One more question, since you mentioned traffic stops. Whats the best procedure. Leave the gun where ever it is, and just tell the cop you DO have one (with your hands in clear sight)?

    I know a couple guys in NC who make sure the gun is sitting on the dash when the cop walks up, so he can see it (no surprises), but I could see that going the other way where the cop thinks you're pulling a gun on him if you have one in your hand as they approach the car.


    Thanks again, youve been a big help.
     
  13. CastleKing

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    My CCW instructor referred to the "Peaceable Journey Act." In quick summary, this is a federal law which allows any gun owner to transport a firearm, any firearm, thorugh any state. The federal law trumps any state law. However, the law is designed to allow you to continue on your way through a state, not to stop in that state. So if you have to stop overnight in a gun-unfriendly state (like Illinois), I'm not sure if you might have problems from local law enforcement should they find a gun in your hotel room for example.

    In order to be covered under the Peaceable Journey Act, it's my understanding that you need to have your firearm unloaded and locked in a container away from any ammo. Your glovebox and center console do not count, which doesn't make any sense, but it's the law. You then need to have any ammo locked in a separate container somewhere away from your firearm. If you follow these rules, and tell any law enforcement that you are just travelling through, it's my understanding that you shouldn't have any problems.

    I live in St. Loiuis and travel through Illinois a lot. Any time I get close to the Illinois border, I have to stop and follow these procedures. I don't know the exact federal statute, but it looks like it's been offered in this tread already. I hope that helps.
     
  14. vague

    vague New Member

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    I understand now how traveling thru states works. The problem would be that the only state I'd be traveling TO would be NY. A giant pit of despair, very unfriendly to carry, concealed or not.

    My last question was meant more like, what would I do in a traffic stop in my home state of Vermont where I can carry legally. Just let the officer know i have a gun on me?
     
  15. WDB

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    I live in WA and when pulled over I hand my consealed pistol license along with the other documents requested, I tell the officer that I am armed and have a consealed pistol license and it's with the documents he requested. It takes the surprise out of the traffic stop if I am asked to get out of my ride. In most cases the officer with either say nothing or ask where my firearm is and ask that I keep my hands on the steering wheel (where you should always keep your hands in a trafic stop until asked for your documents). Only once in 10+ years has an officer asked me to hand him the firearm and he put it ontop my car while he ran my information.
     
  16. vague

    vague New Member

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    The part about handing over the carry permit doesn't really apply, but you've pretty much answered my question. Just let them know you have it, and keep your hands in the clear.

    Thanks again. You guys have been a big help.