How do you feel about leaving your gun at home when traveling?

How do you feel about leaving your gun at home when traveling?

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    How do you feel about leaving your gun at home when traveling?

    When you travel to a state that does not allow guns or concealed carry, and you leave your gun at home, are you more cautious? Do you feel uneasy? Do you do things differently? Have you ever been in a situation where you wish you had your gun with you?
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    Wished I had my gun with me in a hostile state...Always!
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    I don't/won't go to those states...REALLY!
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    I got my Handgun Carry Permit from Tennessee about 10 years ago with the intention of only carrying when driving out of town on vacation. After a while I began to realize the importance of being prepared at all times and for several years I have carried practically everywhere I go. When I go to a place where I can't carry I really feel like a part of me is missing, and I'm really not as comfortable as I would be were I armed.

    I have taken several driving vacations from Tenn. through many of the western states and since Tenn. is recognized by many states I have not ever had to leave my gun at home. The biggest problem is with the National Parks. I try to go by the law as best as I can but it really pi**es me off to have to lock up my gun and ammo to go into some of the areas of our country where you can see things unlike anything anywhere else in the world ( Yellowstone, Grand Canyon etc.) But as long as the law is what it is I'll try not to do anything to jeopardize my right to carry where I can do so legally.

    I hate to admit it but I have no intention of traveling into any state that does not allow me to carry unless it is for some reason for which I simply cannot avoid it. I would really like to go back to Washington D.C. and spend a few days sightseeing, and go back to New York State (not the city) and even further north all the way to Canada but I can't see me doing that with the restrictions of some of the Northeastern states in regards to transporting firearms.
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    I feels ok , the thing is im so used to having them on me
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    I don't like it!
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    I don't go to states I am not allowed to have a gun with me. If on a trip I drive extra miles to bypass such states if need be. I do not fly nor ride public transportation because of not being able to be armed. It is just going to get worse because of the Real ID laws and regs they are trying to push I try and not give money to the states that restrict my carrying, I refuse to buy products from those states if at all possible. I already bypass NEW guns that are manufactured in restrictive states. I will buy used guns because no revenue goes to those states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    When my guns are home, they're in a very secure vault.
    Ditto. Goes into the safe, generally. Though, I will say that on a few occasions I have brought it with me. Traveled unloaded and unconcealed, loaded up for the duration of my stay in residence, then unloaded and stored for the travel back. Depends on where, I suppose. I'm in hostile places so rarely these days. It has been awhile.
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    If I can't carry I don't go there in regards to a vacation.

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    I try not to go to those states, if at all possible.
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    I avoid Maryland at all costs. I'd rather drive an hour north to a Sams club then 20 minutes to Maryland to a Sams club. Most of the times i'm in an anti state are to pass thru and thats about it, and I'm usually going to WV or VA so I have my gun, in the trunk of course.

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    Thank God Bush signed the LEO Safety Act in 2004. Now I can carry in any state. However, back in 2000 I went to Atlantic City NJ with my wife (fiance at the time). Being an LEO in NY I could not legally carry my firearm in NJ. So I left it in the safe at home, and we got on a bus with my wife's mother and cousin and lost some money in AC.

    For the return trip home, the bus driver gave us the wrong bay and we missed the bus going back. Guess what? No more buses going back to NY. So we had to walk to the greyhound bus terminal to get a bus into NYC and pick up the train.

    Well, once you get out of the casino area in AC, it is not a very nice place. I felt very naked without my firearm as the undesireables were on every corner. Thank God nothing happened.

    I will NEVER take a bus to AC again. I will drive myself.
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    If I can't carry I don't go, if my family wants to see me, they can come to NC and I will protect us all to the best of my ability.
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    Only travel to states that honor my permits. Unfortunately, have to drive thru gun restrictive states. I think we need national reciprocity. Thank you

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