ATF web site of State Firearm Laws

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    ATF web site of State Firearm Laws

    Sorry if this has been posted before. I did a search and didn't find anything. Anyhow, I thought other people may find this ATF website useful. It has all the state's laws listed by state.
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    Looks to be a simple gathering and collection of the actual text from the state statutes. Good find.

    Though, keep in mind that the ATF's mission in life is to control access to weapons. There's an incentive to paint things in a more controlled light than otherwise, simply based on that fact. While the text I viewed seems intact and unaltered, it's still not unreasonable to use this merely as an indexing guide, and to instead get the straight facts directly from the actual state legislature's publication of statutes.
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    Nice site !

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    Good site, but I would think many laws have changed since 2004. New reciprocity agreements, new states that allow concealed carry etc.

    As an example, for Ohio, it still shows the old "plain sight" provision regarding carry in a vehicle:

    "...the following:
    (1) Knowingly transport or have a loaded
    handgun in a motor vehicle unless the loaded
    handgun either is in a holster and in plain sight
    on the person's person
    or it is securely encased
    by being stored in a closed, locked glove compartment...)"

    This was changed by HB-347 in March of '07.

    Just another example of the work we all go through trying to find and obey the patchwork of state laws. I usually go to handgunlaws.us and then go to the individual state I may be traveling through, visit the attorney general site, and look for information on concealed carry provisions. Then there's issues like:

    Alabama - no real call on whether a non-resident license/permit has the same value as a license/permit issued by the state were I reside.

    So, when I carry while traveling though Alabama, I'm taking a chance that my Florida non-res permit isn't really valid there.

    Sorry for the rant - I'm planning a trip and trying to find, and document, state laws on my route. Always a pain, but well worth it.

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    Understand that that info is intended for Dealers to tell them what they can sell to whom and what restrictions there might be.

    It is NOT intended to cover CCW issues and thus is not a complete list of all pertinent gun laws.

    As a C&R FFL, I get a hardcopy from BATFE every time they publish a new version, so I'm familiar with the book (and online copy).

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    How often do they update things like that? I noticed that's the 2004-25th edition. Firearms laws change quite frequently these days.

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    The latest that BATFE mailed me is 2006.

    They seem to issue them every 2-3 years.

    So, no they are not very up-to-date at all, but give you a good place to look for some fast info (assuming you verify with the actual state's laws off the pertinent state's website).

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    True----thanks

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    Color me cynical, but I have the same trust in the BATFE as I have in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LenS View Post
    The latest that BATFE mailed me is 2006.

    They seem to issue them every 2-3 years.

    So, no they are not very up-to-date at all, but give you a good place to look for some fast info (assuming you verify with the actual state's laws off the pertinent state's website).
    And here is the link to the 26th edition...

    26th edition



    The 27th edition is the most current.

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    Quote Originally Posted by American Pit Bull View Post
    And here is the link to the 26th edition...

    26th edition



    The 27th edition is the most current.
    Excellent. Thanks,
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