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Old 07-26-2016, 06:37 AM   #1
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Cross Country Trip and Guns

This will probably spark up some conversation and maybe not.

What are the laws and thoughts about bringing a gun (in the camper) on trips through different states? I have a retired Police friend who said it is Ok to carry a gun in the camper as it is an extension of your home. I find this hard to believe but was wondering what the forum folks think on this subject.

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Old 07-26-2016, 06:52 AM   #2
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You need to check each states laws that you plan to travel in. I wouldn't get info from anywhere else personally.


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Tricky subject. Depends on what you mean by a gun? Long arm or hand gun. My understanding is if you carry a long arm you'll be fine but hand gun varies state to state. I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions
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Your retired police friend is going to get you arrested.

This is a subject that requires a little bit of research on your own. You'll get lots of conflicting and incorrect information asking that question on a forum. A rifle or shotgun is a different scenario than a handgun. Concealed carry is a different scenario than open carry. Laws and state reciprocity seem to change almost daily. ETC ETC ETC.

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X2 on checking each state. What is considered a residence varies from state to state. Some consider a MH as a residence, but a TT or 5er as a camper. Also carry/possession laws vary and unlike drivers licenses reciprocity does not exist.

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I wouldn't go so far as to classify (although it may be) your motor home as an extension of your home. But any qualified retired/former police officer who has completed LEOSA (Law Enforcement Officer's Safety Act) qualifications can carry in any state, with certain limitations.
I would suggest looking at the laws in which you would expect to travel. As far as I know, there is no blanket rule of thumb regarding civilians. And each day, more and more states change their laws.

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Also carry/possession laws vary and unlike drivers licenses reciprocity does not exist.

Reciprocity does exist but changes often..............A general rule of thumb is your left coast and most of the New England states are usually the most restrictive. If I mention the reason why the thread will surely be closed which it will eventually be regardless.

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Steer clear of New York
Beware of Maryland
Maryland has cameras at the entrances to their state along the interstate highways. these cameras look for out of state plates. Once an out of state plate is detected, the owners name is found and then checked with the National gun registry. If your name is on the list, the local police are notified. Should you stop in their state for any reason and a police officer happens to see your vehicle, you will immediately be stopped and if carrying, arrested for gun possession.
Maryland has the strictest gun laws in the nation, New York is second, and Massachusetts is third. Several other northeast states are also anti-gun.

Illinois recognizes out of state CPL permits BUT, you must not leave your vehicle with your weapon. Your safest bet when traveling through or staying in Illinois is to unload your gun. encase it in a locked container out of reach from the drivers compartment and also lock the ammunition and magazines in separate container.

Advice, if you carry. put in a safe/ lock box for your handguns, and a separate one for your ammo and magazines.

Steer clear of Northeast USA.

As long as you stay on the Interstate Freeway system and do not get off for any reason at all, Federal laws allow you to legally transport through an illegal state as long as you are coming from a state that is legal and going to a another state that is also legal.

New York is a really big state.
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As many have stated already. If you are talking a long gun (shotgun or rifle) you should be fine to bring it along to any state. Although, most campgrounds i have gone to have in the rules "no firearms in the park". Handguns is completely different. Each state has reciprocals, come more than others. I am in NY which has hardly any. Most guys i know get a Florida non-resident pistol permit which has reciprocals covering most of the east coast. I think it was also Utah permit that adds several states as well. Now even if you have those ones South Carolina is not covered. They wont accept a Florida non-resident permit but they will accept a Florida resident permit. Now if i was traveling through SC, covered in all other states, it is ok to travel through with rules such as the firearm and ammo need to be separated and unassailable by you. This is my memory from a class about 5 years ago. But my point is Handgun laws per state are very different.
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