Ok I've read other threads here about transporting a handgun thru Maryland. Now I live in South Central PA and at times travel to WV and VA which have reciprocity with PA. There is about a 10 mile stretch of interstate 81 that goes thru Hagerstown, MD before you get to WV. And believe me I make haste getting thru MD to get to friendly CCW territory. Now my understanding is this:
1. Federal law permits you to transport a firearm as long as it is unloaded and locked in the trunk. And you are going to a place that you are legally allowed to carry.
2. Do not stop.
3. MD has peaceable journey laws.
I understand that some states like New York DO NOT have peaceable journey. Can state laws trump the federal law on transporting? I read this about MD on the NRA-ILA website:
I'm seriously still confused here. Is having it locked in the trunk legal or not? And is having the clip separate (say in the console) considered legal as long as its separate from the gun, and not necessarily in the trunk?MARYLAND--The unlicensed transportation of handguns in vehicles is prohibited, except for a variety of lawful purposes, including target shooting. A handgun must be transported unloaded and in an enclosed case or holster with a strap.
I'm sorry if this has been brought up before but I really am still not clear on carrying thru MD, and what to do if stopped my the MSP while I have a firearm unloaded in the trunk? I've even made it a habit to tuck my CCW permit out of view (it's normally right under my DL) when in MD as not to arouse suspicion. Can MSP police see that I have a CCW permit in PA when they run my DL?