How do you learn about local ordinances for traveling?

How do you learn about local ordinances for traveling?

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    How do you learn about local ordinances for traveling?

    I am waiting for my license to arrive and am still learning about this whole new world of CC and would appreciate some help. I know where to go to find out about state laws regulating carry but could use some direction and advice for how you find out about any local city or county ordinances that are different from that of the state. Fortunately my state just enacted a law disallowing local governing bodies to restrict carry beyond what the state laws are, but I don't want to be surprised to find myself in trouble while traveling outside of this state by a city ordinance I didn't know about.

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    Kentucky has complete preemption. No local juristictions can pass firearms laws that are contrary to state law.
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    Handgunlaw.us

    This is a good site too, but right now, it ain't up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKW View Post
    I know where to go to find out about state laws regulating carry but could use some direction and advice for how you find out about any local city or county ordinances that are different from that of the state.
    Unfortunately, there is no quick method.

    You've just got to dig around for it. The way I do it is to first leverage the summary info reference sheets found at HandgunLaw.us, then verify the key elements on the given state's legislature web site. If the given state is one that does not have full preemption, or it's known that a given city I'm traveling to is know for disregarding and getting away with it, then I head to the city/county web sites for that spot and verify whether there are any conditions that could get me in hot water. It's not foolproof, but with a bit of prep I find I can pretty much get the answers in a few hours of rooting around.

    For those states I travel to fairly frequently, I've found having a decent guide can help. For example, if FLA is on your list, then I'd strongly recommend Florida Firearms: Law, Use, Ownership, by Jon Gutmacher. Check Bloomfield Press at Gunlaws.com, for a variety of decent guides for several states.
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    Depending on where you are traveling and how many states are involved it can be a nightmare. Sadly very few if any states duplicate the laws/rules of other states. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb327 View Post
    Kentucky has complete preemption. No local juristictions can pass firearms laws that are contrary to state law.
    Likewise, Florida.
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    In some areas you can't travel with your empty gun locked up in the trunk.
    Wash D.C., NYC, Mass, Chicago for starters. Check out the trip planners on the websites mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb327 View Post
    Kentucky has complete preemption. No local juristictions can pass firearms laws that are contrary to state law.
    Same with Ohio.
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    When traveling out of state, I have actually called the local law enforcement in my destination areas.......especially with open carry. Some have had to return my calls with proper information. Some municipalities in some states do have ordinances.

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    Municode is the best place to look for city/county ordinances. As long as they have them posted online.


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