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Old 04-19-2019, 09:40 AM   #1
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Traveling with firearms questions

A touchy subject, I know, however. I'm sure people do travel with guns. Im wondering if anyone has had any problems with that. Im currently a police officer and under federal statute HR 218 I can carry in all 50 states except where federally prohibited like federal buildings etc. I'm traveling from NJ to Mt. Rushmore then through Utah and then I-40 back across to 95 then north again. I'm not worried about traveling with but more so when i stop and see National Parks and other things. Just wondering what peoples views are on traveling with and carrying a pistol. I'm traveling with my wife and 3 kids all age 10 and less. Basically I'm wondering if I really need it or if will become something extra I just have to worry about instead of enjoying the trip with my family.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:43 AM   #2
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Need it while as a retired LEO myself you never know when you will need it or not. But always better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it. I for one always carry as long as Iím legal.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:46 AM   #3
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I myself, carry a lot more than I use to. If not with me, it was in close proximity inside the trailer. Down at our cabin in MO. I carry all the time...especially when were down in the woods. Lots of critters out there that are sometimes a little temperamental when you invade their domain. State Parks can be the same.
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Need it while as a retired LEO myself you never know when you will need it or not. But always better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it. I for one always carry as long as Iím legal.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:49 AM   #5
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Retired PO here and I carry ever where I go as allowed by federal statute! If it's not on me, it's secured.
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I would carry but as you well know with children it takes some caution. I carry always but as two seniors it is for protection as we wouldn't be able to defend ourselves for young people who tried to harm us.
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A touchy subject, I know, however. I'm sure people do travel with guns. Im wondering if anyone has had any problems with that. Im currently a police officer and under federal statute HR 218 I can carry in all 50 states except where federally prohibited like federal buildings etc. I'm traveling from NJ to Mt. Rushmore then through Utah and then I-40 back across to 95 then north again. I'm not worried about traveling with but more so when i stop and see National Parks and other things. Just wondering what peoples views are on traveling with and carrying a pistol. I'm traveling with my wife and 3 kids all age 10 and less. Basically I'm wondering if I really need it or if will become something extra I just have to worry about instead of enjoying the trip with my family.
Probably a worry more then anything. I travel all the time with mine, if your going someplace you can't carry by law lock it up. If your a cop you should know this stuff. There is nothing against the law carrying it but do it lawful. I have a safe I lock mine in, I also have a CCW permit , would I carry it someplace against the law of course not. Your a police officer what you do if you caught someone? Well same applies to you because your an officer you still need to follow the law that is permitted to you. I hope that you would never need it to protect yourself or family and property.
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I know most federal parks dont allow firearms but state parks rules vary from state to state and HR 218 does not override state park bans, which would make carrying illegal there. Unless you have that state carry permit.
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I have never felt the need carry a gun as I got enough of caring a gun in Vietnam. A lot of my friends carry guns but not me. You see a lot more people now with open carry in Walmart and other places. I guess thatís one thing I liked about traveling in Canada
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As an officer I understand the need, and the cautions and as well as respecting the law. And like Witch Doctor said, I hope in my lifetime I never have to use it. I was more wondering if people do or dont bring it along. This topic doesnt seem to be discussed here much or at all
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