Suppose you’re planning a road trip and intend to transport a firearm in your vehicle. You’re a law-abiding citizen, and of course, there’s this thing called the Second Amendment that should cover you, right? Well, not exactly.
In part, because the Founders of the United States believed that most laws should be made locally, states carry a lot of power when it comes to regulations of firearms ownership and transportation. As a lawful gun owner, it’s up to you to know the laws of your home state, but also each and every state you visit while in possession of a firearm. Let’s plan a hypothetical road trip to outline some of the things you need to know.
Before we get started, it’s important to understand that state and local laws are always changing, so don’t rely on this or any other article as the definitive rule of law. We’ll use some current state regulations as examples, so you know what to look for. At the end, we’ll identify some resources you can use to keep abreast of current laws. Wherever you get your data before you travel, be sure to follow any links all the way back to the relevant state law directly. It’s your responsibility!
OK, so I live in South Carolina. Let’s assume I want to drive to Maryland to visit my yet-to-be-discovered billionaire uncle so I can schmooze my way into his will. Also, to keep things simple, let’s assume that I don’t have a concealed carry permit from any state. That changes a lot, so we’ll cover state reciprocity in a future article.
Read the rest: What You Need to Know About Driving with Firearms