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I am not talking about carrying a back up gun. I am leaving on vacation soon and traveling only through states that accept my CCW. Of my handguns, I only carry two of them (only one at a time) and those two are the most important to me, for obvious reasons. They are the two I shoot the most and the two that protect me and my family. I always carry two extra mags regardless of which of my guns I have on me. My question is, should I bring both along on vacation or leave one at home. I feel like I might be putting my eggs in one basket if I bring along both, but I would like to hear what others have done on longs trips. What did you do with the other gun if you brought it along. Remember: answer as if these guns are the only two I own.
 

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As long as you don't try to carry two in New Mexico (last I heard it was only one permitted at a time) I see no reason
to not bring both.

I am assuming you will travel by private vehicle. It might be prudent to have a locked safe in the trunk for the one not
on your person at any given moment.

I believe that as much as practically possible what you have should either be on your person or stored in a way which
will keep them safe from thieves, or render them inoperable if stolen.
 

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There's no such thing a an "extra gun." An "extra" is one more than "enough," and there's no such thing as enough guns. :smile:

Sorry, on to your question. If I would only carry one at a time, I'd only bring one along. I wouldn't want to leave the other one in a hotel room, car outside the hotel, or wherever I can't truly secure it. Now, I might argue that you should carry BOTH at the same time, but that might be too difficult on vacation, even if you normally carried both.
 
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Clear case of a good shoot, gun is confiscated as evidence. Good LAC shooter is not.
 

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I would bring only one. That way you have to secure only one and don't have to expend additional energy securing the second while on vacation.
 

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Have traveled quite a bit, almost always to states that fully recognize my CHL. Have always taken my gun, often my BUG as well. And I've made sure to take many magazines, along with a reasonable supply of spare ammo. On a few occasions, when I knew I would be heading out into "the wilds" (ie, camping), I also took one of my lever-action rifles.

Unless you're legally required to not have them with you, I can't see a good reason to not have them with you.

Of course, your question about possible loss of them all in a self-defense situation's aftermath is a good one. You might well not see them for some time, leaving you unarmed. But then, you'd have survived the situation, and I'd bet that immediately rearming yourself wouldn't be tops on your list of priorities at that point. Up to you.
 

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I wouldn't jump to that conclusion...
Detained may have been a better word, but I would certainly not be allowed to continue about my vacation even after a justified self defense shooting. Like it or not, a justified self defense shooting is a guilty until proven innocent situation.
 

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...when I leave my home area, I carry two more than the ones I personally carry...if I go out 100+miles, I add a long gun to the mix...if my vehicle breaks down and I must leave it to get help, I want my family to be well armed till I return...I have two good shooters in my wife and son...I don't want to be bitten by the "ifonlyIda" bug...
 

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I am not talking about carrying a back up gun. I am leaving on vacation soon and traveling only through states that accept my CCW. Of my handguns, I only carry two of them (only one at a time) and those two are the most important to me, for obvious reasons. They are the two I shoot the most and the two that protect me and my family. I always carry two extra mags regardless of which of my guns I have on me. My question is, should I bring both along on vacation or leave one at home. I feel like I might be putting my eggs in one basket if I bring along both, but I would like to hear what others have done on longs trips. What did you do with the other gun if you brought it along. Remember: answer as if these guns are the only two I own.
Do you normally carry 2 on you everyday? (You say no, no back up gun) Are you anticipating one getting stolen? If so, then I'd expect the same threat to all your family's possessions.

Personally I would just pay more attention to securing our belongings and our situations. I'd carry normally. And not add more stress to a *vacation.*
 

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I carry two guns everyday. One that's on my person, the other is locked away in a car safe. I usually only carry one with me when I'm on vacation, but that's subject to where and how Im traveling and going. My only concern with carrying two guns while away from home base would be making sure that both are secured at all times. If you have that covered, I'd say go for it. A larger number of firearms while traveling on vacation could look kind of suspicious to the authorities if you happen upon any while out and about. In this day and age and with the attitude of the law enforcement community where you will be traveling (which is a total unknown) may prove troublesome and not worth the risk. I'd say make double sure you know all the state regulations before you enter in and throughout the states you will be traveling; Especially the "must inform" if stopped requirements. Stay safe...:bier:
 
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I only carry 1, unless I know I will be doing something where a different gun is needed, like where a sub-compact is better suited over my compact gun.
 

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In the awful event that you have to defend yourself, the gun used will be confiscated.
and if you took only the one that got confiscated, then you would have no gun;

then the saying, "one is none, two is one" would literally apply.
 

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I carry two guns everyday. One that's on my person, the other is locked away in a car safe. I usually only carry one with me when I'm on vacation, but that's subject to where and how Im traveling and going. My only concern with carrying two guns while away from home base would be making sure that both are secured at all times. If you have that covered, I'd say go for it. A larger number of firearms while traveling on vacation could look kind of suspicious to the authorities if you happen upon any while out and about. In this day and age and with the attitude of the law enforcement community where you will be traveling (which is a total unknown) may prove troublesome and not worth the risk. I'd say make double sure you know all the state regulations before you enter in and throughout the states you will be traveling; Especially the "must inform" if stopped requirements. Stay safe...:bier:
Excellent points...nice reply to this post.
 

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Always carry what you have trained with. If you have trained with 2, carry 2. In the unlikely event they are confiscated, you can buy another but if you need that second pistol and don't have it, you never know what the consequences will be.
 
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