Carrying a handgun in a vehicle
I answered a similar question about an hour ago in Firearms Training & Concealed Carry
on one of my fourms.
Yes, it is a challenge when traveling a long way to know the allowed carrying requirements for a handgun. The best advice is to research your route before your trip. It is best to have a concealed carry permit in your home state and many people get non-resident permits for other states, especially those with good reciprocity.
Unfortunately your profile does not indicate which state you are from so I could not personalize the answer. The laws vary depending on whether you have a handgun or a rifle.
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Info on state handgun laws can be found at http://handgunlaw.us
and clicking on your state.
Herre is info from that site on Link Removed
For [the 26] states not listed [Link Removed
] you must have a Permit/License to carry a loaded firearm anywhere in the vehicle. If you do not have a permit to legally carry in the state you are in and it is not listed below the firearm must be unloaded and not accessible to anyone in the vehicle. Do be aware that every state has different laws even when you have a permit/license issued or honored by any state. It is your responsibility to know and obey the law.
The 24 states (are shown below) listed have differing requirements such as:
- the handgun must be clearly visible
- the handgun must be concealed
- the handgun must be securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use
- the handgun must be put away should you stop in the state
- the officer must be informed
Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, south Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virgina, West Virgina, Vermont, Wyoming