Moving from NH to FL - Best Way to Move Handgun?


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Hi - I recently moved out of NH this past December to Florida. The move was originally going to be a 3 month stay but after getting a new job down here, I will be staying permanently. All of my belongings, including the handgun, is located in a storage unit in NH. In April, I will be going back to NH to retrieve my things and either U-Haul them myself or get a moving company (like U-Pack) to move things for me. I have a handgun carry permit in NH and I know the license is reciprocal with FL, but if I change my drivers license to FL before I go back, will this be an issue? I don't have a residency anymore in NH but haven't changed my license or vehicle over yet, but I would like to do that sooner than later since my registration has already run out on my car. What is the best way to get my gun legally to FL in this case? Obviously transporting the gun through many of those northeastern states (and their strict laws) doesn't seem like a great option.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

18 U.S. Code § 926A. Interstate transportation of firearms
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Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

(Added Pub. L. 99–360, § 1(a), July 8, 1986, 100 Stat. 766.)

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