Driving through New York?

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    Driving through New York?

    The wife and I will be driving from Texas to New York to pick up a dog this week. I have figured out what to do in all the states but NY. If my gun is unloaded in a locked case away from the ammunition and I don't spend the night will that be enough? We will be going to Albany, and then turning around to drive straight back to PA to spend the night. I don't anticipate getting pulled over, but if I do is it better to forget about the gun?

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    This should help you a bit. NY is tough. I relied on the federal statutes and obeyed all traffic laws. Guns and ammo were locked up in separate cases in an "obscure" part of the vehicle. I also had a lot of info "on-board" regarding the competitions I was going to attend (which were all outside of NY, but in the direction I was traveling". I've also linked the NY travel rules. Very strict.

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    Lock it away while in NY. I would not even consider mentioning it unless asked specifically by a police officer. Even then I would probably respond no to any question about having a weapon and deny any request to search my vehicle. I say that knowing that there is nothing about me or my demeanor that would provide suspicion to any police officer who was stopping me for a traffic violation.
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    Sorry, you're out of luck. Don't even try it. Here's the exact wording of the state law:

    No person may carry, possess or transport a handgun in or through the state unless he has a valid New York license. New York does not issue licenses to non-residents nor does it recognize licenses issued by other states.

    Here's the reference:

    Firearm Laws for New York
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    This might be a pain, but it's what I do when I have to go to a military base for work. Contact the hotel you're staying in ahead of time and ask if they have a safe, stop there first, and deposit your firearm. It's a pain, but it will allow you to at least carry up until NY.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Defensor View Post
    This might be a pain, but it's what I do when I have to go to a military base for work. Contact the hotel you're staying in ahead of time and ask if they have a safe, stop there first, and deposit your firearm. It's a pain, but it will allow you to at least carry up until NY.
    That's not a bad idea (if you are staying at a hotel where it's legal), but it's just as bad in NJ, and don't go anywhere near DC!
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    When will those liberal ,socialist, people republic states ever get a clue? This just wears me out!!!
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    FOPA ONLY applies if you are legal where you came from and your destination (or any place you are "delaying" yourself).

    Since NY is your destination, there is NO WAY that you'd be covered by FOPA crossing the line into NY with a handgun anywhere in your vehicle.

    Sorry, but NY just loves to prosecute (and convict) people who travel into NY with firearms. Don't do it!!

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    Please post pictures of said dog. If it is worth driving from TX to NY to get I want to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LenS View Post
    FOPA ONLY applies if you are legal where you came from and your destination (or any place you are "delaying" yourself).

    Since NY is your destination, there is NO WAY that you'd be covered by FOPA crossing the line into NY with a handgun anywhere in your vehicle.

    Sorry, but NY just loves to prosecute (and convict) people who travel into NY with firearms. Don't do it!!
    I guess you could always book a hotel in Vermont and go there after picking up the dog. Your gun would be legal in Vermont. Therefore you would be covered since your gun is legal in the state where you started your trip and where you ended your trip. If stopped along the way and asked where you are going you can pull out the reservation and say Vermont. Your only exposure would be around Albany as I believe the trips are not supposed to have any detours or un-necessary stops.

    If you are already driving from Tx to NY, a short hop to Vermont isn't much. Heck, maybe find a nice inn or something and relax with the new pooch befor making the long drive home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LenS View Post
    FOPA ONLY applies if you are legal where you came from and your destination (or any place you are "delaying" yourself).

    Since NY is your destination, there is NO WAY that you'd be covered by FOPA crossing the line into NY with a handgun anywhere in your vehicle.

    Sorry, but NY just loves to prosecute (and convict) people who travel into NY with firearms. Don't do it!!
    I agree with the above post. Not legal, if found then you have an extremely high chance of getting arrseted, and FOPA doesn't apply. Stopping at the hotel in PA first is not a bad idea at all if you ask me and probably your best (only) legal bet.

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    New York has a reason for the strictness. It is NYC. Not all of it, but enough of it to be a real problem.
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    Try finding a gunshop outside of NY on your route. Drop your gun for "cleaning" and pick it up on the way back. It will probably cost you $10 or $15 bucks and you'll get a detail strip and cleaning out of it.

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    That is the best idea yet. And the motel idea is not bad either.
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    From Texas to Albany involves going thru the very short distance "smokestack" of PA via Erie, and there are a lot of motels there on I-90 just before Ripley, NY, the first town in.
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