How To Take The Headaches Out of State To State Guns Laws





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If you own firearms and ammunition, you must do a meticulous research when it comes to hauling them across different states because each state has its own regulations. Sometimes these regulations are so vastly distinct that you may find yourself in trouble.

This is why a good option for gun owners like you is to leave your weapons at a federally licensed firearms dealer who will ship them safely for you. Yes, this way you will have to cover the shipping costs as well, but violating any gun laws in another state may prove to be even costlier for you.


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A provision of the federal law known as the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, or FOPA, protects those who are transporting firearms for lawful purposes from local restrictions which would otherwise prohibit passage.

Under FOPA, notwithstanding any state or local law, a person is entitled to transport a firearm from any place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry it, if the firearm is unloaded and locked out of reach. In vehicles without a trunk, the unloaded firearm must be in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console. Ammunition that is either locked out of reach in the trunk or in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console is also covered.

Travelers should be aware that some state and local governments treat this federal provision as an “affirmative defense” that may only be raised after an arrest. All travelers in areas with restrictive laws would be well advised to have copies of any applicable firearm licenses or permits, as well as copies or printouts from the relevant jurisdictions’ official publications or websites documenting pertinent provisions of law (including FOPA itself) or reciprocity information.  In the event of an unexpected or extended delay, travelers should make every effort not to handle any luggage containing firearms unnecessarily and to secure it in a location where they do not have ready access to it.



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