Traveling, help me understand rules
I'll be traveling from Texas to Minnesota--via the scenic route, going through Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa.
From looking at the handgunlaws website, and some prior experience, I know I am good to go in Arkansas and Missouri.
I think I am good to go in Minnesota.
Traveling through Iowa is problematic. They don't recognize the Texas license.
O.K. Unloaded gun gets locked in trunk in one suitcase and ammo in another while driving through Iowa.
That would be straight forward, except, I plan to spend two nights in Ames, Iowa.
Am I correct that once I stop the federal rules permitting interstate transport stop too, because I am no longer traveling from one place where I am allowed to have the gun to another place where I am allowed to have it.
In other words, am I correct that there is no way to legally bring the gun on this trip if I stop overnight in Iowa?
I just looked at the following text on the NRA website which is IOWA specific;
No state permit is required to possess a rifle, shotgun, or
Persons under 21 cannot possess handguns or handgun
ammunition, except under the conditions listed in the purchase
It is a felony to go armed with, carry, or transport a firearm of
any kind, whether concealed or not, on the grounds of any public or
Loaded firearms must be secured from minors under 14.
It is unlawful to carry a handgun or any loaded firearm of any kind within the limits of any city, whether concealed or not. It is also unlawful to carry a handgun or other firearm concealed on or about
one’s person or to knowingly transport a handgun in a vehicle.
Exceptions to the above prohibition are:
• Possessors of a valid permit to carry a handgun whose conduct is within the limits of that permit.
• Carrying in one’s own dwelling, place of business, or on land owned or possessed by the person.
• Peace officers, correctional officers, members of the armed forces
and National Guard, or persons in the service of the United States
when carrying weapons in connection with their duties.
• A person who for any lawful purpose carries an unloaded
handgun inside a closed and fastened container or securely wrapped
package which is too large to be concealed on the person.
• A person who carries or transports for lawful purposes an unloaded pistol or revolver in a vehicle inside a closed and fastened container or securely wrapped package which is too large to be concealed on the person or inside a cargo or luggage compartment where the pistol or revolver will not be readily accessible to any person."
This appears to me to be an extension of the Federal S 926. That is, that so long as the gun is locked away unloaded in a case, in the trunk, it would be legal, even if I stopped for a couple of nights, as long as I don't actually carry on my person.
Anyone know for sure?