Traveling across country with Firearm??

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by ArtN, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. ArtN

    ArtN New Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Not sure if this is the correct forum section, but here goes.

    We are planning on relocating from Massachusets to Washington State and will be driving through several states, not knowing all the rules & regs of those states. What are procedures legally for me to carry in my vehicle a handgun for my protection? I do have a Conceal Carry permit in the State of Washington, and a handgun permit for Target & Hunting in Massachusetts. Has anyone any information how I should proceed?



    P.S. States I will be going through are:
    New York
    North Dakota
    to Washington
  2. Juker

    Juker New Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Land of Lincoln
    Howdy Art, and welcome to TFF. That's quite a move you're making!

    I'm in Illinois. If you don't have an Illinois Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card, you can't carry a loaded weapon thru the state.

    Direct from the IL State Police website:
    Non- residents must be legally eligible to possess or acquire firearms and ammunition in their state of residence. It is recommended that, in order to be in compliance with all statutes, non-residents transport all firearms:

    1. Unloaded, and
    2. Enclosed in a case, and
    3. Not immediately accessible or broken down in a nonfunctioning state.

    If you google any state name plus "gun laws", you can find all the info you need on the various states.

    Just remember - "Your honor, my weapon was unloaded, encased, and not immediately accessible. I barely had to time to dig it out, load it, and use it when that gang was attacking my wife at the rest stop."

  3. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    A little prior planning goes along way. Try not to put yourself in that position to where you will need it. In Florida we all carry down here. I think just about every vehicle I have ever stopped had a gun in it. I was a deputy for 12 years so I saw alot. Don't advertise you have weapons and you should be good. How else are you going to get them to your new home? You are moving right?
  4. Ken W

    Ken W Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    I'd avoid NY if at all possible. You're not even allowed to possess a handgun there unless you have their CC permit, which isn't the easiest to get.
  5. old 33

    old 33 New Member

    Feb 12, 2011

    Your honor....!!!! Thats a good one...!!! LOL
  6. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    Federal law covers this.
  7. Juker

    Juker New Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Land of Lincoln
    Good info, Pops, muchas gracias --
  8. glens67

    glens67 Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2010
    Middleton, ID
    Your going one state too far...
  9. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Just get in your car, and go on! Keep your nose clean, and nobody knows!
  10. ArtN

    ArtN New Member

    Mar 3, 2011

    Thank you redwing carson, excellent information answers my question very
    nicely........sounds like I need to store handgun in case locked with all ammo in another area and locked, YUCK!

    P. S. Thanks to all other posters for your information as well......ArtN
  11. chase237

    chase237 New Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Is locked in a glove box or center console considered "encased"?
  12. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Congrats to ArtN for leaving one of the most liberal places in the USA.

    I'm glad to see that everybody beat me to posting the handguns. com site.
    Art have you considered shipping your arms? That might be a safe alternative, safer than dealing with some police along the way. Good luck
  13. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    No, from the federal law posted above.

  14. 308 at my gate

    308 at my gate New Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    Lost in SW USA.
    I have been driving through other states for the last 30 years for hunting purposes. I have never had a problem. I did get a speeding ticket one time though.
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