Car Travel with Handgun

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by s rosenthal, May 3, 2008.

  1. s rosenthal

    s rosenthal Guest

    Travelling from SC to NJ and going thru NC, VA, MD, DE, PA and CT and the big kahoona NY and NYC with a thought to have handgun unloaded locked in case in trunk of car. Any hints on regs (crazier than a quilt being made by a drunken old maid) or am I better off leaving the handgun back home in handgun friendly SC?
  2. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    You would need to read all the state's handgun regs. If it were me, I'd leave it home!

  3. Unloaded locked in trunk is good. Only problem is some states require you lock the ammo with the firearm some say you cant lock the ammo with the firearm.
  4. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    Yep-Like I said, you'll have to read their regs online.
  5. rfc357

    rfc357 Guest

    Ask a lawyer.
  6. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    Here are a couple of useful links:

    Pack-N-Go Carry Concealed Trip Planner

    PA, NC, VA relatively sane and OK with or without CHL permit; better if you have CHL obviously. You can find reciprocity on their websites (attorney general for PA) if you hold a CHL--PA will also issue a non-resident CHL (google Centre County PA to get to the sheriff's website) based on your state issued CHL and it is extremely user friendly and a good deal as well ($26. and 3 weeks mailbox to mailbox). DE I don't know, but they honor my FL CHL. MD bad. NY/NYC/NJ very bad. You can find the U.S. code for safe and lawful intrastate travel (locked in the trunk, unloaded, ammo separate from firearm) on the handgunlaw site under car/RV travel--you might want to print this out in case you get into trouble--not all the cops you encounter may know it exists. The "communist" gun control states -- NJ,MD,NY-- may be tough to deal with--NJ is bad and the "traveling" needs to be direct point to point with no side trips. Also, NJ used to ban some types of ammo. Basically, the only way the law is reasonable in these states is if you have the "protection" of being a criminal :( . Whether or not you leave the pistol at home depends on your risk assessment of how much you believe you need the firearm vice the risks of hassle by the states if you get pulled over. DON'T consent to any searches (this is usually sage advice for any situation except entering or leaving the country).

    Good luck. When I travel from PA to NJ I usually leave my guns in PA (i.e. in a "normal" state).
    Last edited: May 4, 2008