9 Days without my pistol.
Well we just got back this weekend from a trip up north to visit both of our families. This required us to stay for a bit over a week in both IL, and WI. Neither of which as you all know are freindly to carrying firearms for personal protection.
After the first day of traveling through TX, AR, and MO, and staying just south of St. Louis and carrying as usual, I was forced on the second day to remove the magazine, round from the chamber, put it back in the magazine, then place the pistol, (actually 2 of them for the trip) into a zippered case and zip it up with the magazine ouside of the case. Both of them were placed in a compartment just above my head in the motorhome, but not really within any sort of reach, for fast access or anything, at least while I was driving. This is where the remained for the next 9 days.
It was really strange, going into stores, sitting around the campsite, going to restaurants, and getting dressed/undressed every day and not going through the routine of putting on the holster and pistol like I have for years.
I asked one of my nephews who has his TN permit if when he got to the IL border on his drive from the Memphis area if he stopped and made his pistol legal for the two states, and he sort of chuckled and said nope. I am realatively sure that it stayed in his vehicle while he was there and that he didn't carry it, breaking the law.
Any chance that these two states will come around in the near future and allow some sort of carry like the rest of the country? I am kinda glad that it will be a few years at least before we go back up into that area, not that I didn't enjoy the vacation and the great weather, but their laws are just screwy. And the Heller descision doesn't look like it will have any effect on the travel or transportation part of this as far as I can see.