Since guns laws are different in all fifty states, the best way to describe how to have a safe journey with no repercussions begins with two words, “plan ahead.”
Whether on a road trip or taking to the skies, it is very important to know the laws in every state and location a person travels.
It has already happened to one individual. I am sure there are plenty.
Shaneen Allen is one from Pennsylvania who traveled through New Jersey with a Pennsylvania permit.
She was sentenced to three years in jail for that offence a few years ago.
That is three years which have been taken away from her, her family and her children because she did not plan ahead.
When traveling along the Interstates, the Federal Government leaves all regulations up to the states so here is what the Interstate Transportation Of Firearms Law states according to Title 18 Part 1 Chapter 44 s926A:
“Federal law does not restrict individuals from transporting legally acquired firearms across state lines for lawful purposes except those explicitly prohibited by federal law to include convicted felons; persons under indictment for felonies; adjudicated “mental defectives” or those who have been involuntarily committed to mental institutions; illegal drug users; illegal aliens and most non-immigrant aliens; dishonorably discharged veterans; those who have renounced their U.S. citizenship; fugitives from justice; persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence; and persons subject to certain domestic violence restraining orders.
Therefore, no federal permit is required (or available) for the interstate transportation of firearms.
Many states and localities have laws governing the transportation of firearms.
Travelers must be aware of these laws and comply with legal requirements in each jurisdiction. There is no uniform state transportation procedure for firearms.
If in doubt, a traveler should carry firearms unloaded, locked in a case, and stored in an area (such as a trunk or attached toolbox) where they are inaccessible from a vehicle’s passenger compartment and not visible from outside the vehicle.
Any ammunition should be stored in a separate locked container.”
Two valuable tips which can save a carrier a lot of trouble deals with knowing when and where to carry a firearm.
Even though we feel safer carrying a firearm and have the permits to do so, we must always respect each of the state laws because they are strictly enforced.
The second tip to always remember when traveling the roads is to always be compliant with law officials.
They are people just like us and want to stay safe and alive just like we do. Always let the officers know you have a firearm and listen closely to their instructions and follow them.
When flying with firearms, it can be hectic, but the same two words apply, “plan ahead.”
Keep everything as simple and as organized as possible and leave home earlier so it will not take as long at the airport upon arrival.
Some report it to have taken as little as three minutes for the declaration of the firearm. Other times a person may find themselves waiting on the TSA to give the clearance.
Being prepared will save time.
Always remember to keep the gun under lock and key and keep the bullets and firearm separate.
Be ready to show the concealed carry permit wherever and whenever it is required to do so. This can also save a lot of time and hassle.
It will also keep the guards and law enforcement happy when they do not have to stand there waiting for a person to sort through papers and stuff.
Just like traveling the roads, the plane may stop along the way to the final destination.
Not all flights go straight to where a person is headed. Know the airport policies along with the state laws of wherever the plane goes. A person flying must have the proper permit to the state if the law makes it clear.
Especially when traveling through New Jersey.
Being respectful and compliant is the key to a happy and safe trip whether on the road or flying.
The person carrying, a person checking the protocol, and all law officials feel safe and secure when a person is prepared and keeps the line of communication open among each other.
It can also keep the person alive and out of jail because it would use up a lot of time either in the ground for eternity or behind bars, which are places where no one wants to be.