3 Thing To Consider When Crossing State Borders With A Gun

3 Thing To Consider When Crossing State Borders With A Gun

3 Thing To Consider When Crossing State Borders With A Gun

Long road trips have become a staple of vacation time. Getting the see the broad array of landscapes, people, and places that this great country has to offer is quintessential. As gun owners, though, we have to maintain some ground rules to keep ourselves out of harm’s way.

In this article, we’ll discuss three specific ground rules to stay aware of when crossing state borders.

State-to-State Concealed Carry Reciprocity

We have some fantastic guides to give you an idea of which states acknowledge your concealed carry permit. For those concealed carriers who live in states that don’t have a lot of reciprocity, it’s sometimes possible to obtain a non-resident concealed carry permit from a different state which will grant additional benefits. Some states, however, are extremely restrictive in allowing this.

South Carolina, for instance, requires you to have a physical address within the state before you can apply for a non-resident permit. States like Tennessee offer a non-resident permit that is almost universally accepted throughout the country. And, unfortunately, places like California acknowledge no one’s right to carry outside of their own county-issued resident permits.

Magazine Restrictions

Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York are famous for their magazine restrictions for handguns. You should be aware that even if you do somehow have reciprocity within one of these states (extremely rare), they may not acknowledge or allow you to carry a handgun that has a capacity over ten rounds. It’s additionally not recommended that you attempt the 10+1 load configuration or anything similar because these guys can make life hard very quickly.

Duty To Inform

In Alaska, for instance, upon first interaction with a member of law enforcement, a person is required by law to announce that he or she is armed. That officer then has the privilege of holding the firearm throughout the proceeding interaction.

This is a measure that is enforced by state law to protect law enforcement personnel. As such, we have a duty to not only inform but also comply with all legal requests.

In Texas, upon first interaction with a police officer during a traffic stop, you must hand over your concealed carry permit alongside your driver’s license. This is a measure to inform the officer that you are armed and in compliance with the law. Failure to do so can result in charges being pressed against you.

Knowledge of which states require you to inform police upon first interaction is important. Most concealed carriers, when traveling across state borders, may dismiss this as an unnecessary precaution but it can be the one piece of information that can help you retain control over your firearm. Things like confiscation, forfeiture, and even criminal or civil charges can result from ignoring this point.

When in doubt of a state or locality’s specific stance on loaded handguns, veer to the side of caution and stay protected with the Firearm Owners Protection Act. It’s a federal law that allows you to transit through a state even if that state has specific restrictions against your legally owned firearms. In order to take full advantage of this law, though, you will need to unload your handgun and keep it in a place where you can not access it. Examples of this place include the trunk of your car or in a locked storage container.

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Luke McCoy is the founder of USA Carry. In 2007, he launched USA Carry to provide concealed carry information and a community for those with concealed carry permits and firearm enthusiasts.
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Green Hornet

Sadly a revolution is most likely to acure before these rules are fixed


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these are great things to know. And it is up to you as a law abiding Responsible owner to know what the laws are for any state that you’re going through or to. And to do your homework before you go on your trip. I took a trip back in April and I took a gun with me. I also looked up what the gun laws were for where I was going. I also have a free app on my phone called “Concealed Carry”. and it gives me the gun laws for every state. And I used it as a reference for gun laws for the state that I went to. And was fine.

james lagnese

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The Centurion

An Oklahoma Handgun License is good in Oklahoma (of course) and 38 other states. Oregon, Wisconsin, and Maine allow open carry without a license; therefore, I can carry legally in 42 states. Florida, South Carolina, and Illinois are the only states of the 42 where I can’t open carry, but I’m okay with that.


I have always found it odd that Florida and South Carolina absolutely prohibit open carry for the common person.

james lagnese

Where I live, no license necessary for open or concealed.


That’s what we call a “Vermont-style” carry law, or Constitutional carry.

The Centurion

I have given up trying to understand the justifications for banning open carry. I’ll just throw on an overshirt.


I was pointing out that both of these states are “shall-issue” concealed carry permit states.

Contrast that with neighbouring Georgia, where the carry permit is “shall-issue” but leaves it up to you if you are open or concealed.

Sir TuberKopf

Every gun owner in America needs to know U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 44 926A

It says:
Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

We all need to know this law and be prepared to understand and use it to protect ourselves and families when passing through states hostile to the US Constitution. There are hundreds of innocent gun owners rotting in prisons because of their intransigence to the authority of hateful regimes.


“duty to inform” are there states that you must present your CCW permit upon any interaction with a LEO, if you are not presently carrying?