Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Do you carry a gun in your RV?

The controversial and politically polarizing subject of guns is looked at in a new report, writes Jon Leonard, RV Daily Report.

“Gunstocarry.com puts the number of concealed carry permits in the United States at 16.3 million, up 256 percent since 2007. As numbers rise, the number of people carrying a gun while traveling is also increasing.”

Traveling with a gun can vary in complexity from one state to another. In some states, traveling with a gun in your car requires you to have a special permit while in others your gun needs to be unloaded and locked in the trunk of your car or the back of your RV in a gun case.

While that may be fine if it’s a long gun, you want something that is accessible in the event of an emergency, Leonard writes. If you’re on the road for extended periods of time, you’ll want to safely store your handgun away, especially if you carry it around for protection. Other than storing your gun, having a safe for your gun can save your skin if you’re ever pulled over by police and they happen to ask if you have weapons in your vehicle.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to the responsibility of the firearm owner. A high-quality gun safe will ensure that your firearms are securely locked and some safes come with heavy-duty steel cables or bolt holes so you can secure your safe to your vehicle.



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Keith Manne
4 years ago

Good article, but there is quite a bit to expand on “varying complexity.” Several books worth, actually. 🙂

You mentioned “special permits” — actually, in most states you need whatever possession or carry permits as a traveler as you would if you lived in those states. “Just visiting” has no legal meaning. This makes traveling with handguns REALLY precarious right now until you have contiguous state-specific or state-reciprocity permits. Even then, not all states are friendly.

Some police departments will issue you special-purpose, highly limited, time-based permissions to transport (eg, to compete in a shooting competition in a state you don’t have a permit for), but these are still unreliable as legal protection.

Until we get some sort of standardized carry law (pray!), one significant exception to irrational state chaos is the “peaceable journey law.” This is a Federal law permitting cased/locked/unloaded firearms to travel through a state for 24 hours between legal-possession destinations where you have or don’t need permits. Transport, not carry! Of course, if challenged, it’s hard to prove you only spent 24 hours in a state while crossing it, and some crooked lawyers have claimed you can’t stop for anything other than gasoline, so don’t sleep in that state. Again, thin legal protection, but worth knowing about in a jam.

Ultimately, if you travel armed and if at all possible, I advise readers GET enough (usually non-resident) permits (plus their respective reciprocities) that you actually ARE legal to carry in every state you drive through, no debating, and then politely assert your rights.

Research or check reciprocity maps here:

There is a universal “understanding” that firearms are to be either loaded on your hip for imminent defense, or cased/locked/unloaded in a safe out of reach of the driver. Don’t have them anywhere else, or you’ll raise questions.

One thing that is wrong in the referenced article — police will not just “happen to ask” — if you have ANY state permit, or live in a state that registers your guns, every LEO *will* know you could be armed. For most LEOs, this won’t alarm them because you’re a registered, duly fleeced, and lawful ‘good guy,’ but I have encountered some “twitchy” cops. I usually can defuse them by keeping my hands totally visible, and greeting them with “Officer XXX, I am legally armed and possess a permit. My sidearm is currently [location]; I would prefer to leave it right where it is, but am happy to have *you* remove it if you prefer.” That said, NEVER reach for your wallet(!!!) or handle a firearm without being told to in VERY clear terms, and then move SLOW. LEO-contact “accidents” with legal carriers have happened, so I’m extra-cautious with reason.

CCW Permit / Personal Safety Instructor

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 years ago
Reply to  Keith Manne

Excellent information. Thanks, Keith! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

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