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Old 02-27-2008, 06:15 PM   #1
 
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Gun in truck while camping/traveling/sleeping in truck

What is the law and what do I need to be careful of when caring a rifle and a pistol in a vehicle across state lines into National Parks and such?

Most of the time, the guns (M-1 Carbine and a .38 revolver) will be unloaded and buried in the back of the truck. The states that I plan to cross into are AL, MS, LA, TX, AZ, MN, UT, ID, MT, WY, CO, KS, MR, TN, GA. Also possibly into Canada but the guns can be ditched in the tent for a day trip across the boarder.

I do have a GA Weapson Permit, but have no plans to carry on person. My girl friend who is coming does not.

I have plans to sleep in back of the truck along the way and may be in reach of my loaded .38 for ovoius reasons.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:19 PM   #2
 
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WOW thats a HUGE can of worms. Most states a loaded weapon in a car is illegal. You might get away if you where in the tent. To check with each state and get the correct answers might take you allot longer then the trip itself.

Good luck...
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:32 PM   #3
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omega man,

what you NEED to do is send a query to the state police in each of the jurisdictions that you plan to pass through.

do NOT guess what the LAWS are. guessing is a one way ticket to the "crossbar hotel", possibly for an extended stay.

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Old 02-28-2008, 05:23 AM   #4
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There is a paperback book, titled something like "State Firearms Laws When Traveling". It is less than $20.

A very helpful resource. I will find the exact title today at work.

Jon
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There is a paperback book, titled something like "State Firearms Laws When Traveling". It is less than $20.

A very helpful resource. I will find the exact title today at work.

Jon
I believe this is an NRA publication and is available at their online store.
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:18 AM   #6
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to all:

i suggested contacting the state police instead of the state's AG's office because the SP will give you an "unlawyerly" (is that a word? if it isn't it should be.) answer to your query.

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Thanks for the input.

I just keep thinking back to the freak in North GA who cut off the college chick's head. Did you know they meet at Vogel State Park, one of my most favorite camping spots?

I am not too worried about people messing with me, just surprising me in the middle of the night. Also the idea of idea of man eating Grizzlies.

I will get the NRA book about carry and review it before leaving. I might leave the rifle behind due to space.
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There's a change "in process" I understand, re: possession of weapons in National Parks (and other lands administered by the NPS).

Good news - It will probably allow you to carry a loaded pistol on your person, if you have a CCW permit that's valid in that state and that state permits weapons in State Parks.

Bad news - It will probably not allow you to carry a loaded pistol on your person, CCW permit or not, if that state's laws for State Parks do not allow weapons.

So it isn't nationwide CCW, and it also can be changed by another NPS bureaucrat (I understand).

It's supposed to go into effect in 2009...
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