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Travelling With A Gun Across State Lines

 By Robert G. Yetman, Jr.

As a gun owner, it is incumbent upon you to remain very aware of the laws that pertain to the possession of firearms in each state to which you travel. The simple fact is that gun laws are not the same from state to state…not even close; as a result, it is easy to be an unwitting law-breaker when you take your lawfully-owned and carried firearm from one state into another state.

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You may remember reading a while back about the case of Shaneen Allen, a Philadelphia mother of two who faced jail time in New Jersey for merely possessing the firearm she was authorized by Pennsylvania to have. Allen had previously been robbed twice while leaving work, and so purchased a gun, and also obtained a license to carry. When she told a NJ state trooper during a traffic stop that she had both the gun and PA-issued concealed carry permit on her person, she was arrested for violating New Jersey’s firearms laws. The prosecutor of Atlantic County sought to make an example of her, and she was facing several years in jail. It was only after a public outcry ensued in her defense that the prosecutor backed off and Allen was able to avoid imprisonment.

2015-11-29_7-41-36My suggestion to avoiding this kind of trouble is for all gun owners to keep handy a convenient reference guide that informs them as to the relevant laws of all fifty states. To that end, I highly recommend the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States. This is a terrific, 8 ½ x 11 physical book written by J. Scott Kappas, a Kentucky-based attorney who also operates a firearms business. The Traveler’s Guide provides a wealth of information on this subject, information that answers all of the questions you will have as a gun-carrying traveler to other states, including:

  • Which states allow me to carry a “loaded” firearm in the passenger compartment of my vehicle?

  • Which states allow me to carry a concealed firearm with or without a license to carry?

  • Which states honor my permit to carry a concealed firearm?

  • Which states’ laws allow open carry of a firearm while on foot?

  • Which states prohibit the mere possession of a handgun while in a vehicle?

  • Which states allow me to carry a firearm in their state parks?

  • How can I transport firearms on commercial airline, cruise ships & trains?

  • How can I transport firearms through a state that prohibits any gun possession?

The Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm laws of the Fifty States provides the answers to these questions, and so much more. The bottom line is that if you are a gun owner, this book is a “must-have” if you ever expect to travel outside of your home state; I highly recommend it. To order your copy, click here. 

Note: This is not an E-Book, it is a physical bound book that you will receive by mail.

 

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