On the road with a gun
Traveling with firearm- what you need to know before your road trip
“Legally traveling with a firearm requires advance research of the gun laws, rules or policies of every state along your route. Fortunately, the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) has packed all the information you need into one convenient Concealed Carry State Reciprocity Map.”
Here you’ll find if your home state in which you have a concealed carry license/ weapons permit is recognized as legal in another state.
Map out your journey taking note of all the different states you’ll pass through. For example, I’m in Georgia and will be traveling to Indiana.
I’ll travel through Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. All three of these states honor my concealed carry license permit I hold in Georgia.
Fortunately, I have no issues passing through on my way to the NRA annual meeting and exhibits show April 14-16, 2023.
But, what IF one of the states didn’t honor my ccw permit? Could I drive through that state? The short answer is yes. Of course, the longer answer is – it depends…
The Federal Firearm Owner Protection Act (FOPA)in 1986 to address the abuses of the Gun Control Act of 1968. Among its many provisions is article 926A, which states:
Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.
I hope this information is helpful as I’m sure you want to protect your family, not only as you travel but once you get where you’re going.
Warmer weather is here (for the most part) and soon you’ll be planning some beach trips and summer vacation or summer camp.
Gun laws are constantly changing and in this hostile gun culture, it’s something you should check anytime you’re traveling, to be sure you are in compliance with current gun laws. If you have questions, you can check the government website or call the local PD department for clarity.
One other note that might slip your mind, not all hotels are 2A friendly. While the may not post their gun policy on their website, I’d advise not leave to leave it out!
There are some great portable gun safes and may hotel rooms have a safe for your use (personally, I don’t recommend using these for any valuables). You traveled with a firearm because you want to stay safe.
If you don’t have your gun with you; how are you going to defend your life or your loved ones?
If, however, you have an outing or event where you know in advance that you cannot carry your firearm, then your travel safe is smart planning.
I’ll see you at Booth #3261 in Indy for NRA Annual meeting/ exhibits the weekend of April 14-16, 2023!
We can’t wait to meet you!