Planning on a trip from Ohio to Wisconsin. I'll be driving, and will be staying in a hotel for about a week. I'll be traveling through or near Chicago and Gary. I've an Ohio CCH license, and I'd very much like to travel with my SIG P250c, but I'm pretty bad at reading legalese (my eyes tend to roll up and I begin to nod off), and I'd really like to get some advice.
What I've come up with is as follows: I can carry in Ohio and most of Indiana, but I'd have to disarm around Gary all the way through Chicago and onto Wisconsin. What I'm not quite getting is transporting my handgun through Gary and Chicago. If I read the federal law right, I can transport any handgun anywhere, so long as the handgun is unloaded, and the magazines are unloaded, and the ammo is boxed up, and that the handgun is within a locked container made for the purposes of holding guns, and that said box is not within easy reach, and that the locked container be in one bag and the mags and ammo be in another bag. If I read the Illinois statute 720 ILCS 5/24-1 right, the conditions set by federal gun transport law should work. Not sure about Gary's laws, but I would think that would work there, too. And I think that will do for the rest of the trip through Wisconsin. Have I missed anything so far?
I'm also unsure of how I'd manage at the hotel. Could I bring the GunVault up to my room and leave it there? Could I load the gun and magazines within the hotel room? Am I even allowed to carry in the hotel room? Is it considered a private residence for the purposes of carrying while I'm there?
And what about leaving the locked-up gun and ammo in my car while in Wisconsin? Would it be considered concealed if I used the cargo cover? I think someone was convicted of concealed weapon prohibition for driving with a gun locked in a glove compartment (State v Fry, 1986).
Thanks in advance!