Concealed guns and the Appalachian Trail
It looks like the Appalachian Trail runs through 14 states. We've been considering hiking part of it from time to time. I've been doing some research on handgunlaw and looking at each of those states and what it says about carrying in State parks, State and National Forests, and WMA's.
My wife has a Louisiana permit, and of those 14 states, here are the states that accept LA permits:
North Carolina- yes
New York-no (also no carry in state or national parks or WMA's)
Connecticut-no (also no carry in state or national parks or WMA's)
New Hampshire- yes
I'm pretty sure I can carry under LEOSA in those 5 "no" states, which would broaden our range, but not sure about the New York and Connecticut park restrictions. The safest method is just not hike in those highly restricted states.
Anyone have any particular experiences carrying concealed along the Appalachian Trail regardless of state. I'm still reading and doing research, it may be next year before we actually go there, just thinking about it now.
Conceal/Open carry-Appalacian Trail
The appalacian trail runs through federal property throughout the entire trail. It is legal to possess a firearm within the boundaries of this land. Problem is, what you do with this firearm off the trail? You cannot enter any federal building with it (including restrooms), and if you're outside your states reprocity you're screwed.
Answer short. Get a cc in your own state. Get a non resident in florida and/or Vermont. When you get close to a trailhead unload. Whenever going Into town-field strip your weapon
. Only have your weapon ready to "work" while in the wilderness.
These tactics have helped me trek the trail without incidence .
Originally Posted by ppkheat