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This may be a dumb question, but I've been looking at the laws for states in the south east as I'll be doing some travel this summer and a lot of them aren't really to clear to me.
Does anyone know of any states in the south east that DO NOT allow me to carry concealed on my person while in my car?

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Since the laws vary by state your best bet is to research the laws of each state you will travel through.

Here is one of the best research sites to start with. Handgunlaw.us
 

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Unless,i'm not understanding something,that's what the permit allows you to do,(have it on your person,at least in S.C.,anyway)if you are in a state that honor's your state's CCP.I would do what msgt said.
 

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In Georgia, vehicle carry is looked at like just like carrying in your residence. No license needed. Open or concealed is ok. Condition 1 is ok. You're good to go in GA.
 

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Florida says . . . never mind.
 

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A little more information on SC. Without a permit, you can have a gun in your console, glove box, or other latched ( does not mean locked) container just not under the driver's seat.

If you have a permit that SC recocognizes, you can carry on your person in the car.
 

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I have checked hangunlaw.us as well as the states websites, however some of them are not exactly spelled out. I do appreciate all of the valid answers.
 

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I have checked hangunlaw.us as well as the states websites, however some of them are not exactly spelled out. I do appreciate all of the valid answers.
Well here in North Carolina the vehicle carry law is so vague I doubt even the state attorney general could give a definitive answer.
 

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If the permit allows you to conceal a handgun on your person, what difference would it make if your person were inside or outside of a vehicle? What state issues a permit that doesn't allow that?
 

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Ky you can carry open and in the car open view. Concealed in car legal without permit ONLY if it is in a factory installed console or the glove box no where else. Example in factory console no permit legal. Under seat no permit going to jail. With permit any where you want in the car
 

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This may be a dumb question, but I've been looking at the laws for states in the south east as I'll be doing some travel this summer and a lot of them aren't really to clear to me.
Does anyone know of any states in the south east that DO NOT allow me to carry concealed on my person while in my car?

Many Thanks
If you don't already have a FL CCW, I'd suggest getting one. It simplifies carrying in other states to a non-issue. FL is quick & easy. All states in the SE will honer a FL permit and you could have it in hand by the end of the month.
 

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If you don't already have a FL CCW, I'd suggest getting one. It simplifies carrying in other states to a non-issue. FL is quick & easy. All states in the SE will honer a FL permit and you could have it in hand by the end of the month.
I do have a FL CCW, but I doubt I could get on by the end of the month or even next month with the current wait times.
Thanks "msgt/ret" that's exactly why I'm asking this question. On this point the away in FL is fairly clear. I haven't spent as much tie reading the other states laws, but from my limited reading and lack of a as degree they don't seem to be so clear. Add to this (no offense meant) the lack of training in some PD's in this area and I think the whole thing is a bit of a jumble.
 

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If you don't already have a FL CCW, I'd suggest getting one. It simplifies carrying in other states to a non-issue. FL is quick & easy. All states in the SE will honer a FL permit and you could have it in hand by the end of the month.
South Carolina will NOT honor a FL state permit that the person issued the permit is not a resident of. It will honor resident Florida Permits only. They will have to match the drivers license. A moot point for the OP but an important distinction for maybe others reading this.

This goes for any "non resident" permits in SC with the exception only of its own. SC issues a non resident permit to anyone who owns property in SC and it does honor that one.

However SC's car transport is very lenient. As has already been addressed. All I can add is that you can also specifically have it in your hotel room or rented house as well without permit. Those are considered your residence.
 

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I do have a FL CCW, but I doubt I could get on by the end of the month or even next month with the current wait times.
I am sorry, flphotog, and I am probably being dense, but I don't undertstand.
You do or do not have a valid CWFL?
If you do, handgunlaw.us will tell you which states honor the FL CWFL.
Then, the only issue will be to read the summaries on handgunlaw for the states in which you will be traveling, then follow their laws.
I print out the summary from handgunlaw.us and take it with me when I travel.
I review it frequently while in a particular state.

I hope this helps.
 

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Not a problem miklcolt45, it's just like msg/ret said earlier. I know which states I can carry in, but the vehicle carry laws are a bit/very vague in some states. About the only thing that is spelled out is if you have to notify on contact with a LEO or not. Other than that they talk about what you can and can not do if you don't have a valid permit. I guess that leaves it that if you have one ad it doesn't say you can't you are OK. That's fine until you get stopped (not that I'll go out of my way to get stopped of course) by an over eager LEO who doesn't know or in some cases care about the law. Then you have a problem at least until you hopefully can get a supervisor on the scene.
 

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I think the principle is "if it ain't ILLegal, it must be legal."

Gun on you, in the car, I can't see how you could be violating the law.
 

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Alabama handgun law: (legal to conceal carry in vehicle with license/permit)

Section 13A-11-73



License to Carry Pistol in Vehicle or Concealed on person -


Required.

No person shall carry a pistol in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person, except on his land, in his

own abode or fixed place of business, without a license therefor as hereinafter provided.


(Acts 1936, Ex. Sess., No. 82, p. 51; Code 1940, T. 14, §175; Acts 1947, No. 616, p. 463, §3; Acts 1951, No. 784, p. 1378; Acts 1956, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 43, p. 336; Code 1975, §13-6-153.)





Georgia handgun law:
(legal to carry in car without license/permit)

To carry a handgun openly or concealed in the state of Georgia (other than on your property or inside your home, car, or your place of business), you must have a Georgia Weapons Carry License (or the older Georgia Firearm License) issued under code 16-11-129.








 

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Yes, AFAIK, AL is the only state in the SE that REQUIRES a permit to carry in your vehicle. The rest kinda extend the Castle Doctrine to the vehicle. That is one of the major sticking points in AL handgun law. That and the "May Issue" status. Ugh. Also, AFAIK all SE states allow vehicle carry with a permit, some require that it be on your person but none that I know of require it to be "off body" as long as you do have a valid permit.

AL law is kinda hinky anyway, there is no provision for transporting a firearm (other than a long gun during hunting season) in your vehicle w/o a permit except for 4 specific instances (From a place of purchase, To or From a place of Repair, To your (as in you own it) business from home (and vice versa)), by law there is no way w/o a permit to transport a handgun in a vehicle.
 

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Well here in North Carolina the vehicle carry law is so vague I doubt even the state attorney general could give a definitive answer.
NC definitions of concealed are definitely a bit murky. Here's some detail that may be if vale to OP.

A few items are clear:
- if you have a ccw that is honored by NC,
A) you can carry concealed on person or off person in your car
B) you can carry multiple guns (one on person and one in the console, for example) if you choose

- if you don't have ccw,
A) cannot have any gun, loaded or unloaded, concealed if it is accessible to any passenger.
B) are permitted to have a gun and/or ammo in trunk where it cannot be accessed (NC does not differentiate loaded vs unloaded weapons)

What is murky is:
- state law allows open carry in car; local laws and Leo may be less forgiving. Further, it is not clear if "exposed on passenger seat" is sufficiently "open" to qualify
- a locked glove box is not specifically stated as secured away from passengers - up for interpretation
- where you have to have gun in (for instance) an SUV is not clear (eg where no locked trunk is available)
- if having a trunk pass thru (such as for skis) makes trunk carry illegal

Hope this helps...



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there is no provision for transporting a firearm (other than a long gun during hunting season) in your vehicle w/o a permit except for 4 specific instances (From a place of purchase, To or From a place of Repair, To your (as in you own it) business from home (and vice versa)), by law there is no way w/o a permit to transport a handgun in a vehicle.
Yes there is.

There is the Federal Interstate Firearms Transportation law.


Title 18 > Part 1 > Chapter 44 >926A

926A.
InterstateTransportation Of Firearms

Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political
subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping,
or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he
may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry
such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor anyammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console
 
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