Carry a gun in your RV or plan to? Watch this!

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RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury explains how a law-abiding citizen of one state may risk getting in trouble by carrying a gun in another state, where laws differ. A survey by RVtravel.com revealed that 40 percent of RVers carry a weapon all or most of the time.

RVers or others who travel with a firearm outside their own state should know the laws. A routine traffic stop for a speeding violation could turn into a nightmare journey through the criminal justice system if the traveler isn’t aware of the proper way to carry or transport his firearms in a vehicle. Attorney J. Scott Kappas uses case law and statutory authority to render plain English advice as to how a traveler should carry firearms while visiting the many states of our great nation.

Kappas’ book, Travelers Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States, is not simply a restatement of the statutes. It is an easily readable narrative designed to unlock the complexities of state firearm laws. The annual guide is indispensable for staying on the road and out of jail. The 2019 edition of the book is available at Amazon.com.

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Billy Bob Thorton
6 months ago

Switch to a long gun with a 16″ barrel. No state has jurisdiction over long guns. Nothing gets a would be bad guys attention, then the sound of the action racking one into the chamber, as you discuss it with him. Until, the current infringements on the second amendment are percolated up to SCOTUS, you will just need to carry a long gun.

Matt C
7 months ago

David best be aware that many states have ruled that any part of the vehicle can be searched without probable cause or a warrant. The old rule that the vehicle was a home is gone in many states.

Billy Bob Thorton
6 months ago
Reply to  Matt C

Not true. Fake news alert. Your have constitutional rights against unlawful search, that no state can supersede. Granted, there is probable cause in play, so I am talking about law abiding citizens here

David
7 months ago

I could care less about the law. I carry to protect myself and my family. If I use it in self defense I will worry latter about the legalities. There are too many people out in the world with bad intentions.

Not really worried about being pulled over and searched. They need a warrant to search your vehicle or person without cause.

Johm
7 months ago

Re firearm laws; CT does not accept any other states license for carry, and most states do not accept CT’s license for concealed carry. Hope someday (soon) there will be a National law for concealed carry – be nice huh?

agesilaus
6 months ago
Reply to  Johm

There is a law forcing state reciprocity in the works in Congress but the chance of it being passed is zero with a certain party in control of one house of congress.

Billy Bob Thorton
6 months ago
Reply to  Johm

There will be. No state has jurisdiction over your God given rights. No government, or person(s) can infringe. Have they, yes, will one day this be corrected, yes. If the current administration, who has appointed more constitutional federal judges to the bench, in the history of our country in just three years continues, you wont believe how many globalist types heads will be exploding. It’s going to take time, and the work towards what the founders intent must and will be accomplished.

Dick Hime
1 year ago

Another great resource for law information is Handgunlaw.us.

Tom Fitch
1 year ago

Does anybody here know the law for crossing the border into Canada (with a firearm)? Thank you!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

Hi, Tom. Here’s a link to a YouTube video we did awhile ago with Ron Jones, an expert on traveling through Canada. It’s titled “Carry a gun in your RV? How to stay legal when entering Canada or Mexico.” https://youtu.be/uATUKUH0iYo Also, the “2019 Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the 50 States” includes Canada and Mexico. Here’s a link on Amazon.com. https://amzn.to/2RVBZgr Thanks for asking! —Diane at RVtravel.com

Tom Fitch
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you, Diane!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

You’re very welcome, Tom! Have a great day. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

bruce
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

A shot gun with Canadian apolication filled out $ 20.00 ck in at the border no handguns allowed gun must be in locked case trigger lock optional or lock cable through breach. rifle paper work same as shot gun sometimes a hunting permit / license is required application is available on line Canada police or border patrol web site

Jay C Borstein
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

No guns are allowed in Canada or Mexico!
Only the criminals have them.

John
7 months ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

Suggest highly you contact Canada Border Patrol and ask your question – do not accept any answers other than theirs!!

agesilaus
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

For handguns and many rifles just do not try to carry them across. You better go online and make yourself very familiar with their guns laws which are very restrictive and they are very serious about enforcing them.

Billy Bob Thorton
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

Canada took that right away from its citizenry in like the 1990’s ( any Canadian here to confirm). Learn to spell hancuffs, if you attempt to enter Canada with a gun, and oh yeah, get yojr wallet out too, think arrest, forfeit of said gun, refuse entry, at al.

Mary K Dyson
6 months ago

Canada doesn’t see carrying handguns as a Right.

PS it’s ‘et al’ but should not used in this context. Etc. would be correct.

Gunny B
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom Fitch

Yep, don’t do it. Canada accepts almost ZERO guns and are very strict in enforcing existing law. The exceptions are too few to even consider really. I highly recommend against I carrying there. Checking into it, you’ll find that u need to contact their “gun people” far in advance of any trip and you’ll only be allowed for a ridiculously few instances, such as hunting. They’ll ask for you hunting license and where you’re staying, how long, etc. very onerous regulations. God Bless the USA!!!!

Jeff Arthur
1 year ago

The 50 state bible is very interesting but somewhat confusing and even seems to contradict itself at times.

badwolfe
1 year ago

Great advice as always. Yes, the laws are a mess from State to State! We, as the citizen that chooses to carry a firearm, must keep informed and aware when certain laws change. I actually have 5 different States Conceal Carry permits. As an example, Oregon stands alone, so I need one for Oregon. Pennsylvania requires one. Utah does not support Arizona, so when we travel there, we need one for each. Through the years, they actually change, so you need to understand the specific rules in each of the States to carry as well.
On a more positive note: Although it does sound complicated (and it is to some extent) once you come up to speed, it really becomes easier.

Jeff
1 year ago

You are correct Chuck and I have the So Called Bible for State Firearm Laws. Most of the states I travel in all have reciprocity laws that allow me to carry in almost all states.

The BIG Stickler states are (As you would expect) California, Illinois, and most of the East Coast States, like New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

It is very important to know before you GO!

Also, I think your Firearms Poll is a little bit off, because many RVers won’t disclose that information in a Poll! I’m willing to BET there are many more than your Poll identifies!