Am I allowed to carry?

Cdn_Artillery

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Hello my southern neighbours,

I am a Canadian with some American relatives living in New Hampshire and Maine and I had a few questions about carrying a firearm. I am a huge advocate of carrying a firearm but sadly the general populous in my country is not. We lost that right in the 70s but maybe we will get it back someday... it's an uphill battle though.

Anyways, back on topic. I was wondering if it would be legal for me to carry my handgun when I go to the states to visit my family. From the amount of research I did with google searches Maine and New Hampshire are both shall issue states to residents and non residents for CC but I don't go to the states enough to take a concealed carry course.

I am under the impression that there is no permit required for openly carrying a firearm. Is this true? If so, can my handgun be loaded or does it have to be unloaded with the magazines attached to my belt?

If I can carry, how much grief would I receive from people through out the day for carrying my firearm openly? What about police interactions? Are police unfriendly to Canadians carrying firearms?

Are there rules for transporting the firearm? Can I have it on my hip while driving in a car or does it have to be locked up in the trunk?

Also, what is the age requirement to carry a firearm in the United States? I am 19 years old.

Last but not least, I would like your personal opinion on whether it would be worth it to bother carrying. Do you think it would be too much trouble to go through getting the permits required to bring my firearm in to the country and all of the possible grief I would receive?

Thanks in advance,

-A Canadian Arty Soldier
 

Hello my southern neighbours,

I am a Canadian with some American relatives living in New Hampshire and Maine and I had a few questions about carrying a firearm. I am a huge advocate of carrying a firearm but sadly the general populous in my country is not. We lost that right in the 70s but maybe we will get it back someday... it's an uphill battle though.

Anyways, back on topic. I was wondering if it would be legal for me to carry my handgun when I go to the states to visit my family. From the amount of research I did with google searches Maine and New Hampshire are both shall issue states to residents and non residents for CC but I don't go to the states enough to take a concealed carry course.

I am under the impression that there is no permit required for openly carrying a firearm. Is this true? If so, can my handgun be loaded or does it have to be unloaded with the magazines attached to my belt?

If I can carry, how much grief would I receive from people through out the day for carrying my firearm openly? What about police interactions? Are police unfriendly to Canadians carrying firearms?

Are there rules for transporting the firearm? Can I have it on my hip while driving in a car or does it have to be locked up in the trunk?

Also, what is the age requirement to carry a firearm in the United States? I am 19 years old.

Last but not least, I would like your personal opinion on whether it would be worth it to bother carrying. Do you think it would be too much trouble to go through getting the permits required to bring my firearm in to the country and all of the possible grief I would receive?

Thanks in advance,

-A Canadian Arty Soldier


NH and Maine do not have an age limit or permit needed for open carry. The gun can be loaded. You should really post this in the specific forum for the state you're going to and you'll have better info on people and leo reactions. Make sure you look at the laws for each state on vehicular carry and prohibited places.
 
NO it would not be legal. The Constitution covers Americans. I have nothing against the Canadians, but remember we can't carry in Canada. I'll stop there.
 
NO it would not be legal. The Constitution covers Americans. I have nothing against the Canadians, but remember we can't carry in Canada. I'll stop there.

Neither can we. I know several Canadians that have a CCW permit in the US. Canadians can carry, I know that much.
 
Maybe you should check the states you typically travel in and look on their states Attorney General's web site. If you can't find the answer there call their office and ask for the "REAL" answer.
 
I tell you one thing Bud, weather you can carry in Canada or not, at 19, I don't think your legal anywhere in the US, if I.m wrong, sorry, but I don't think I am
 
I tell you one thing Bud, weather you can carry in Canada or not, at 19, I don't think your legal anywhere in the US, if I.m wrong, sorry, but I don't think I am

Yes, you are mistaken.

Very quick count shows 33 states where he can carry. And that's just open carry, obtaining a CCW permit might increase that number.

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You have to be at lest 21 years old to carry a handgun in the US. As for the different states they place different ages on what age you can own a handgun. Owning and carrying is not the same thing. As to purchase a handgun or ammo for a handgun you must be at lest 21 years old.

But I could be wrong so do what the others have suggested. And if I am wrong please inform me so I will know for the next time this question comes up.
 
You have to be at lest 21 years old to carry a handgun in the US. As for the different states they place different ages on what age you can own a handgun. Owning and carrying is not the same thing. As to purchase a handgun or ammo for a handgun you must be at lest 21 years old.

But I could be wrong so do what the others have suggested. And if I am wrong please inform me so I will know for the next time this question comes up.

You obviously missed the post directly before yours. We have enough problems with the anti-gun groups creating actual statutes that limit our freedoms. We seriously do NOT need to be limiting ourselves with myth and misinformation.

Here it is again:

Yes, you are mistaken.

Very quick count shows 33 states where he can carry. And that's just open carry, obtaining a CCW permit might increase that number.

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Please stop saying that you must be 21 years old to carry a handgun in the US.

AND the only Federal age limit on handgun purchases and ammo is 18 (18 USC 922(x)). Federal law makes it illegal for a licensed dealer to transfer a handgun or ammo for use in a handgun to a person 21; however private sales, private gifts and other private transfers are legal at the age of 18.
 
You obviously missed the post directly before yours. We have enough problems with the anti-gun groups creating actual statutes that limit our freedoms. We seriously do NOT need to be limiting ourselves with myth and misinformation.

Here it is again:

Yes, you are mistaken.

Very quick count shows 33 states where he can carry. And that's just open carry, obtaining a CCW permit might increase that number.

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Please stop saying that you must be 21 years old to carry a handgun in the US.

AND the only Federal age limit on handgun purchases and ammo is 18 (18 USC 922(x)). Federal law makes it illegal for a licensed dealer to transfer a handgun or ammo for use in a handgun to a person 21; however private sales, private gifts and other private transfers are legal at the age of 18.
STOP IT!

Some people never want to be confused by the facts.
 
Yes, you are mistaken.

Very quick count shows 33 states where he can carry. And that's just open carry, obtaining a CCW permit might increase that number.

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I guess I stand corrected, but personaly I think its stupid, the military is one thing but a untrained 19 years old carrying a handgun is asking for trouble
 
I guess I stand corrected, but personaly I think its stupid, the military is one thing but a untrained 19 years old carrying a handgun is asking for trouble
Well, there you have it, rights don't matter anymore if you're not old enough. But just what is old enough?

Look, I'm 54, (almost 55), and while I have doubts about letting anyone under the age of 40 carry a gun, I'd be the last one to deny them those rights.

Those same rights, by the way (for some of you other phobics out there) that apply to anyone in this country, not just those born here. This is NOT Mexico, where a foreigner has fewer rights.

This is the USA, supposed to be the land of the free, and home of the brave. And I'll stop there, because if I say what I really want to, I might get in trouble.
 

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