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Gun Travel: Carrying Through Restricted States

So you are starting in a state with one set of firearm laws . You are abiding the law in that state. You are driving to another state with similar laws and you will be abiding those laws. But in order to get there, you have to drive through a state with very restrictive laws. You are breaking the law when you are in that state with your firearm. Those of us with a firearm in our RVs, trucks or whatever need to stop and consider this.

Know the state laws

The Gun Control Act of 1968 had some very restrictive aspects that were amended with the McClure-Volkmer Act in the 1980s. The changes state that you may travel through these restrictive states where you are breaking the law, with your firearms unloaded, cased and locked in a trunk or outside storage compartment and not accessible by those in the vehicle. If you don't have a trunk (like an RV for our case) it must be unloaded and secured in a outside accessible only compartment or a locking case.

Forward momentum

You must be moving forward through the state and have a destination with acceptable laws. You should only stop in such states for gas or emergencies. Don't camp, don't visit family, don't shop, keep moving out of the restrictive state. If you stop for a football game, to visit an old friend or for whatever reason you are under that states law and can be arrested.

Stick to the interstate

If you are stopped by authorities, it may be hard to argue you are passing through the state if you are on a local road miles from a highway. Stay on the interstate or the fastest highway between your two states.

Proof of destination

Know your destination and have proof ready. If you are stopped by law enforcement, it may help to have something to indicate you are passing through. Have a campground reservation printout for the gun-friendly destination state, a map, books, tickets, something to prove you are passing through and not staying in that state. Wishing you safe travels.


This article should not be used or considered legal advice at all. It is for entertainment, discussion and general information pointing you in the right direction. We are not telling anyone what is right or wrong, what they should or shouldn't do. All decisions to carry a firearm in a RV or vehicle are made by the party committing such act. These articles are not providing advice for any specific situation you may encounter, find yourself in or involving the traveler, reader or a court system. Any such advice or decisions you make should involve an attorney in the jurisdiction where an event arises. Always consult with proper counsel when dealing with the law.

Adam | Jan 5, 2009 | Category: Security

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