Transporting in an RV across multiple states

Transporting in an RV across multiple states

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    Transporting in an RV across multiple states

    My husband and I recently purchased an RV. We have already installed a small gun safe in the coach (bolted to the frame) but since this a motorhome not a separately towed trailer, technically, even in the safe, the guns aren’t inaccessible as they would be in a car trunk. We are planning a trip to a national park and know that cc is prohibited in such. I have two questions: 1) can anyone offer suggestions as to where I might find information regarding the rules about having our little friends stored in their locked safe, in the coach, while camping in a n.p. or when traveling through a state that does not permit concealed or unsecured transport and 2) does anyone know of a comprehensive web site that lists just what states share reciprocity with WA short of going to an information site for each and every state we’ll be traveling through? I’ve checked WA DOL CPL F.A.Q. page but realized that the states it lists is incomplete when I checked directly with one state not listed and they showed that a WA CPL was acceptable in their state. Thank you to any and all for your suggestions and help. ~my apologies if I posted in the wrong forum – da~
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    I travel alot in an RV across a few states during the year. Im not exactly sure what the law says but I have a sneaking suspicion that it is different than a car. Since it is living quarters it is regulated different.

    Same with drinking. As long as the driver isnt drinking, everyone else in the back can be. Yes. I know...we do it anyway on long trips.

    Again, the law is different because the coach has living quarters.
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    While an RV is going down the road it's considered like any other privately owned vehicle.
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    As far as reciprocity, check out USA Carry - Open and Concealed Carry Information and Community It's got the best most up-to-date maps I've seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ispcapt View Post
    While an RV is going down the road it's considered like any other privately owned vehicle.
    True, and if you are camping in a park, it is considered a residence and subject to the laws of that state.

    Now this...
    Technically, you could travel through NY, NJ, IL, WI, and CA without problems if you just travel though...and that is the same as being in a car...just don't stop other than for gas. (Weapons empty and stored.)
    If you stop in a campground, you now are in a home and if you could have weapons in your home in that state you'd still be fine.
    Confusing, I know.
    We traveled for years in a 30-foot motorhome and always had weapons in the 'wheeled home'...never had a problem...never stopped...always protected.

    Get this...
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    First off ... Welcome to the forums.

    My wife and I live fulltime in a 5th wheel, I travel with work so this works best for us. If my CCW permit does not have reciprocity with the states we travel through, my guns are unloaded and secured. Once we reach our final destination and park, things change as we now are in our home.
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    Reciprocity!

    If you want a great site to view reciprocity check out Handgunlaw.us it as up to date a source as there is. They are linked to this forum also.

    If you are traveling through CO it is legal to have a weapon accessible either OC or CC is fine. In CO a vehicle is considered an extension of your home and has no provisions for what you may or may not do to conceal a firearm. CO is and OC state but there are a couple notable exceptions the standard "no carry federal places" and the city of Denver doesn't permit OC, but CC is fine if you have a permit with reciprocity. No loaded rifles permited in a vehicle either, as protection from poachers.

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    State by State info:

    Handgunlaw.us

    Most states treat a parked motor home as a domicile and a moving one as a vehicle. Remember one needs a WA CPL to carry a loaded pistol in a moving vehicle.

    You are protected by federal law while traveling interstate provided the firearm is unloaded, legal to own where you depart and arrive, and inaccessible. Your trip must be "uninterrupted" whatever that means. (like you cannot go stop and visit Chicago- possession of the firearm would be illegal. You could however drive through Chicago without stopping)

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    True, and if you are camping in a park, it is considered a residence and subject to the laws of that state.
    That, and the rest of your post, is all true too.
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    Also try here:

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    Look at both the Federal Law regarding interstate transportation of firearms, as well as each state's laws.

    Also consider some good pepper spray, a couple of good flashlights, and a folfing knife or two. Keep at least one pepper spray by the door, and keep the deadbolt locked.

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    ccw in the rv

    concealed is concealed. if you break a little law, no one know. you ggot your permit for one reason or another. the laws won't help you "after". drive the speed limit and you will be fine. cops only look to you if you are doing wrong. keep your irons on your hip. that's where they are meant to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodwink View Post
    if you break a little law, no one know.
    Unless that "little law" is a felony. Do you have any idea what it means to be convicted of a felony? Do you have any idea what it even means to be charged with a felony?
    Sounds pretty brave sitting behind a computer giving legal advice and not having to be the one sitting in jail overnight, a weekend, coming up with bond, paying an attorney, going to trial, and then having a felony conviction on your file the rest of your life. Yep, don't worry about that "little law".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcher View Post
    First off ... Welcome to the forums.

    My wife and I live fulltime in a 5th wheel, I travel with work so this works best for us. If my CCW permit does not have reciprocity with the states we travel through, my guns are unloaded and secured. Once we reach our final destination and park, things change as we now are in our home.
    I'm also a full-timer, as my company (construction) moves me quite a bit. If I'm in a state where I'm allowed to carry, I carry. If not, it's locked in the 5th wheel or in the toolbox on the truck. As for the motorhome, I can't really give any solid advise. My parents also travel a lot in a motorhome and keep a pistol in it. they have never been even asked about it. IMO the motorhome is an extention of their home. I would use your google-fu and do some research on the various gun- related sites mentioned.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodwink View Post
    concealed is concealed. if you break a little law, no one know. you ggot your permit for one reason or another. the laws won't help you "after". drive the speed limit and you will be fine. cops only look to you if you are doing wrong. keep your irons on your hip. that's where they are meant to be.
    With those kinds of views ,good luck on keeping your permit and staying out of trouble
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