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I will be traveling through many states on family vacation and can not decide on taking my gun or not. We will be in 8 different states 5 of which have reciprocity with my state. Overall we will be spending a little more time in the states that do not have reciprocity than the ones that do. Mostly doing sightseeing and visiting family that I have not seen for many years. I have grown accustomed to carrying as much as possible and do not like the idea of not having it while traveling but not sure I want to hassle with putting gun away when in states I can not carry and worrying about violating some local laws that I am not aware of. Oregon, California, and Nevada are the states I can not carry in. It would look like I am ok having the gun unloaded in the trunk of my vehicle in those states.

Just wondering what others with more travel experience than me think about this. Thanks
 

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You are at more of a disadvantage as a traveler in a strange place than you are in your hometown, as your SA is likely to be impaired by a vacation mentality and a lack of familiarity with your surroundings. I carry out of state everywhere it is legal. Of course do be sure that you understand the applicable laws in all of the states you go to. Even states that have reciprocity with your state are likely to have different laws with respect to such things as carrying in a bar or a state park, for example.
 

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Better have it, and not need it...than need it and not have it.
 

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Yep, I would carry it and the states that do not reciprocity your state I would just unload it and obey the laws there. I think but you can check if you are staying at a hotel or motel you can load it but when you are traveling you have to unload.
 

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Just flew with my EDC for the first time it is a little more trouble but traveling is a pain these days anyway.
Flying or driving in the future I intend to stay armed if at all possible,

Best of luck to you either way, hope you and your family have a nice time.
 

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I travel carrying where ever legal. I use "legal heat" app for the phone to let me know about the states laws and comply with each (even though I don't agree)
 

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I always carry when traveling. If I am unfortunate enough to encounter a state I lock it away.
 

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Take it with you. It's not that much of a PIA to keep it locked when you're in the other states.
 
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I will be traveling out of state soon. I will take my handgun with me, and carry wherever legal. I plan on going from WI to VA, then on down to Fl. On return I will be going through a few different states, not so far East. I have carry licenses from WI and FL which covers all the states I will be going through except IL and SC, although now the status of IL has to be pursued before leaving. Will check with HandgunLaw.com with each state traveling for any peculiarities. Staying in motels/hotels nowadays using your SA to full extent is imperative, along with inter-state rest stops and fuel stations. Take your SD handgun with you always, and abide by state/local laws. Be safe!
 

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If i could legally take it, i would do like the other's mentioned.If i couldn't,i wouldn't.As crazy as some of the anti lawmakers,officials,etc., are about guns,these days,i wouldn't even take a chance of possibly getting caught.
 

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I agree with many posts here. Bring it along (and carry when legal) as long as you are certain you will be legal possessing a handgun. As long as you stay away from states like NJ, NY, and MA where you can't even POSSESS without a permit you should be good.
 

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I will be traveling through many states on family vacation and can not decide on taking my gun or not. We will be in 8 different states 5 of which have reciprocity with my state.

Oregon, California, and Nevada are the states I can not carry in.
Uncertain what your full list of states is, where you'll be traveling.

California's a lost cause, of course, for travelers. No carry for you, there, sadly. You can indeed keep arms locked and unloaded in the trunk there, but as an "outsider" be prepared to answer some sticky questions if you happen to get "outed" or pulled over and questioned. At some of the border control checkpoints, you might well get asked some things.

Oregon is an open-carry state. So, even if your CHL is not recognized by Oregon, you can carry openly lawfully. Though, realize the state does have state-wide preemption on firearms laws, but it allows OC to be regulated by key municipalities. Check OpenCarry.org for OR.

Nevada is also an open-carry state. Check OpenCarry.org for NV.

So. That might well mean you can essentially carry in 7 of 8 states you're planning on traveling to, albeit with some OC restrictions in key municipalities in OR (perhaps NV as well; uncertain on that).


Myself: I'd bring the sidearms, spare mags (though, be careful of high-cap mag limitations), spare ammo, knives (though, be careful of max-length statutes). And I'd carry openly in states where my CHL and non-res CHL's were not recognized. Of course, in key municipalities, firearms might well not be worth it depending on the muni-allowed regulations on open-carry. In such places, I'd go well-armed in other ways. Consider bringing a stout cane or "walking" stick of sorts; pepper spray; knives; kubotan; other defensive tools.
 

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Thanks for the opinions I am definitely going to carry where I can. Not real comfortable with the OC idea so will just lock away in trunk when not allowed to carry. I did a quick check on the laws in each state mostly concerned with if I have to disclose if contacted by LEO. In Iowa not required and I would prefer to not disclose unless have to by law. My wife would probably freak out if I open carried since she really does not know how often I do carry. She knows I do but pays no attention to when or how often.
 

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^ this. I went to NC this weekend, printed out the NC laws and took them with me. I will always try to not go where my S&W can't.
 

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Yep, because you're never know what might happen.
 

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I always re-read the laws of all the states I'll be going through. I make a little cheat sheet of anything that's not exactly what I'm used to. As stated above, some states are open carry, and some also allow you to have a loaded firearm in you vehicle w/o a carry permit/license. If all else fails, I just lock it the little safe in the trunk.
 

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Thanks for the opinions I am definitely going to carry where I can. Not real comfortable with the OC idea so will just lock away in trunk when not allowed to carry. I did a quick check on the laws in each state mostly concerned with if I have to disclose if contacted by LEO. In Iowa not required and I would prefer to not disclose unless have to by law. My wife would probably freak out if I open carried since she really does not know how often I do carry. She knows I do but pays no attention to when or how often.
Maybe not, I think my wife was kind of skeptical about EDC as well but we were in San Antonio recently and parts of the downtown area are a bit sketchy!
She was uncharacteristically Relaxed!
 
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