This should answer your question(s) here: https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/travel/
We're traveling from Georgia to Missouri. This will be the first time I've traveled out of state since I started carrying.
Other than 1) making sure my permit is honored by all states we cross and 2) checking with a Missouri carry site about their particulars on concealed carry - is there anything else I should know / be careful of carrying into another state?
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Actually, how you carry, and if you may carry at all, can differ from state to state. For instance, you can't cary at all if you travel through Illinois on the way to Missouri. Where you can carry within the state, such as in bars, can vary from state to state. Some states require you notify law enforcement of your carry status while others do not. In some states, no carry signs have force of law while in other states they do not. The list goes on. While it is technically true that the act of carrying doesn't change "if the law is followed", those laws can differ from state to state. Fortunately they don't usually differ all that much, and they rarely differ in a manner that it would affect someone who is simply travelling through the state. For instance, if you're just passing through, there isn't much chance that the details on bar carry will be important to you. For folks travelling through a state, the duty to notify law enforcement is typically the most important thing to be aware of.
While I would avoid Illinois if at all possible, you are permitted to pass through the state with a weapon BUT it must be in a locked container, separate from the ammo and not within the reach of the driver. Also, you are only allowed temporary stops (ie. gasoline, lunch, etc. - no overnight stays). Admittedly, this was the case back in 2009 when I passed through Illinois. I have not taken the time to research the latest laws but I highly doubt they are unchanged. YET!
"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society" - Theodore Roosevelt
I live in Missouri and go every year to see my brother in Augusta Georgia. I route my trip so I DO NOT travel through Illinois. It's a little longer but WELL worth it. This is the route I take going straight to Augusta:
St Louis, MO
377 ft/Head toward S Tucker Blvd on Market St.
1.5 mi/Turn right onto S Tucker Blvd.
0.2 mi/Continue on Gravois Ave (MO-30).
189.7 mi/Turn left and take ramp onto I-55 S toward Memphis.
26.4 mi/Take exit #17A/I-155 E/US-412 E/Dyersburg. Tn. to the left onto I-155 E.
43.0 mi/Take exit #15/US-51 S/US-412 E/Dyersburg/Jackson onto State Hwy 20, State Hwy 3 (US-412 E, US-51 S).
126.3 mi/Turn left and take ramp onto I-40 E toward Nashville.
7.3 mi/Take exit #206/I-440 E/Knoxville onto I-440 E.
132.7 mi/Take the I-24 E/Chattanooga exit onto I-24 E.
109.4 mi/Take exit #185A/I-75 S/Atlanta onto I-75 S.
142.0 mi/Take exit #247/I-20 E/I-20 W/Augusta/Ralph D. Abernathy Fwy/Birmingham onto East Expy, Ralph David Abernathy Fwy (I-20 E) toward Augusta.
0.4 mi/Take exit #199/GA-28/Augusta/Washington Rd.
5.1 mi/Turn right onto Washington Rd, Savannah River Scenic Hwy (GA-28).
0.2 mi/Make a U-turn onto Greene St.
0.2 mi/Turn right onto 13th St (GA-4).
Arrive at 13th St, Jefferson Davis Memorial Hwy, McKinnie St (US-25-BR). The trip takes 784.4 mi/ and 12:04 h.
(beginning and ending points are just chosen by random, I don't live in St. Louis)
It's a beautiful route, though sometimes I visit other relatives in Greer, SC on the way down and stop at the Cumberland Gap just to climb and look at the scenery, well worth the extra time to stop, BTW.
As the others have said, look at the state statutes for each state you are going through (you should know Georgia, then there is Tennessee and Missouri AND print them out and carry them with you in case you get stopped and have to show proof that you are legal in that state in that type of carry (happens more than I care to say). Oh and hope you enjoy your time in Missouri :)
"I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the "heck" they please".-John Wayne
IL is surprising easy for transport.
and separation of ammo and firearm isn't required.
The pamplet listed above also gives instructions for non-residents. Look a little closer.
I stand (sit) corrected. Either the second page didn't load the first time I looked or I just missed it completely.
I also see this:
So all you non-residents make sure you call every single town and city you're going to pass through before embarking on your trip. That should be simple, right?Illinois’ Unlawful Use of Weapons law does not
preempt local ordinances from banning firearms.
Persons carrying or transporting firearms through
such communities could be subject to local firearm
ordinances. It is recommended that you contact local
authorities regarding their firearm ordinances.