This is a discussion on How do you handle traveling? within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Jeanlouise That "Handgunlaw" link is very good and will be handy next time I plan a trip. I really wish I didn't ...
No solutions to your problem ......... IL and Maryland are simply pains in the butt. Pathetic that law abiding citizens can't simply drive through them when "traveling." But they can't.....
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Regarding interstate travel: Knowledge of and compliance with the relevant state laws is unfortunately the only correct answer.
Thankfully, I'm mostly traveling in states with reasonable reciprocity agreements.
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If I avoid Illinois at every opportunity (yet I understand they may now have the tiniest glimmer of R2C hope) my armed travel is relatively unrestricted. Being a dedicated Southerner, I get nervous above the Ohio River 'cause that's where Yankees live!
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I just got back from Kansas this week after seeing my son. My wife and I check online for latest updates and go. We CC in IA and MO stopping ahead of the KS boarder and unload and case our firearms. Its just that simple. We do our best to be up to date on laws and states that recognize our resident permits from IA. I just look at it as part of my responsibility and incorporate it in trip planning. I just wish states would recognize others and get on the same page, but until then thats life.
A question...I live in SC and to get to FL, where my permit is accepted, I have to go thru GA (where its not accepted). Its OK to unload and store in the trunk until I get to FL border? Just looking for clarity.
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All the states I travel through are valid with my permit, but I do print a copy of each state so I have it just in case.
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I travel alot throughout the South East, average 4k to 6k a month on the road. Cannot carry open in South Carolina, but the moment I cross over into North Carolina and Tennesse I open carry except on our customers sites. Then I have to put it away. The only Issues I have, is that Georgia and South Carolina are not on the same page with the permit. I can still carry in Georgia because I am "Military" per their gun laws. And I open carry there. Just have to always keep in-mind to cover it up when crossing back in to South Carolina. The only issues I have is the Open Carry in West Virginia, laws do not state that you cannot, but thier brochure states that only locals can open carry.
One last issue I have to deal with is, when going onto Government Installations, I have to leave my Side Arm at the room. I remember being a kid living on base being able to carry everywhere on base.
I travel by car and when planning my trips to and from WI (where I live) I always MAKE SURE I do not CC in IL.
That means CC gun in a locked gun vault in vehicle (I could still unlock vault and get gun if needed).
When I am out of IL I stop where I may safely, out of sight, CC again.
I always plan on food breaks, shopping and Gas purchases OUT of Illinois. I know the risks are low for a tactical encounter BUT why risk it.
Makes one wonder how much Illinois and their businesses are losing in revenue.
Sounds like Chicago is out of hand.
I remember when they were shooting at cars on the expressway from the Cabrini Green Housing Project - our Tax Dollars at work.
I do like the others that have posted.I research the laws,and try to follow them..I travel to N.C. and Va. a good bit,which my permit is good in those two.
There isn't much you can do about Maryland however. Just obey the laws. I know the short 8 mile trip is annoying, but you gotta do what you gotta do.