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NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Interstate Transportation of Firearms: Laws and Requirements

Let’s look at this scenario as an example of legally armed citizens traveling with guns. You legally bought a concealed carry handgun, earned your Florida Concealed Carry License as a resident of Florida, and also got your Pennsylvania Non-Resident License to Carry Firearm from the state of Pennsylvania. You have both carry licenses readily available in the glove compartment of your vehicle for your travels. You know both Florida and Pennsylvania law thoroughly and want to be a law-abiding citizen. You began your one-day vehicle journey in Florida and are traveling on a fun trip from Florida to Pennsylvania, going through New Jersey, ending your trip in New York. You are proud of your new 1911 .45 caliber pistol, carry it concealed on your person with the manual safety on, a round in the chamber, extra ammo in a loaded magazine in your pocket, and the gun is snapped securely in a holster. After a long day’s trip, you are very tired and driving into New Jersey, so you decide to stop and rest there at a road stop for an hour or so relaxation nap. Inadvertently, you made a minor illegal lane change and have been pulled over by a New Jersey police officer while stopped at the road stop. You volunteer that you are safely carrying your pistol concealed and locked and in a secure holster on you and tell the officer that you are reaching for your carry licenses in the glove compartment. You tell the police officer that you sincerely want to do everything legally, safely carry your gun, and properly transport it in your automobile. And that you are not a felon, a fugitive from justice, not an illegal alien, and are transporting the firearm for a lawful purpose. So, are you OK with your actions in interstate transportation and carry of your firearm into New Jersey and the other states?  [full article]

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