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    Carrying Firearms across states

    If I have a permit in Colorado. It is honored in most states I travel through on a trip to PA where we have friends and property.

    But Ohio does not honor the permit and Illinois does not allow.

    Is it illegal for me to carry my pistol(s) with me when I make this trip?

    Or do I just have to lock the gun in the trunk or something else in the non permit and not allowed states?

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    I am interested in the reply to this... my husband and are are driving from Ohio to Colorado with a return trip through Chicago. I know that Colorado doesn't accept Ohio's concealed carry permit and there is the issue with Illinois. We're not sure how to transport our guns in Colorado and Illinois.

    I am new to this organization and to on-line forums, discussions, blogs, etc. If my contribution is inappropriate for the site, I apologize.

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    Best thing to do is to get a good car safe, and lock it up when you have to. Better safe than sorry, as they say.

    (IANAL, YMMV, etc)

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    18 USC 926a:

    US CODE: Title 18,926A. Interstate transportation of firearms

    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 driverís compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.
    Once you get to your destination, you will have to transport/carry according to that state's law.

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    For illinois residents with a firearm owner identification (FOID) card guns can be transported unloaded in a case. Ammo may be in the case with the firearm as long as the weapon is unloaded. For non-residents without a FOID card they recommend the gun be in a case without ammo and the gun broken down. Legally I think a Non-resident can transport guns through the state in the same manner of as a resident with a FOID card, but I don't know for sure. I am not a lawyer so you should double check this yourself, but a broken down weapon in a case, unloaded away from ammo is the safest way to travel.

    Remember, handguns are ILLEGAL in Chicago and Oak Park and perhaps some other suburbs. No matter how you transprt weapons through those areas, you may get in trouble. Don't you love it?!?

    Two years left before I get to leave this state. I can't wait.

    Steve

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    As far as CO is concerned, it is legal to open carry in most places, but I don't see too many people do it. In the vehicle it is legall to have a loaded pistol, concealed or unconcealed, with or without a permit. Rifles and shotguns must have an empty chamber, but may have a full magazine. If you leave your vehicle, you may open carry in most towns and cities, Except Denver. I would check with the local LE agency and confirm leagality and restrictions on open carry, at your final destination.

    But as far as driving through CO you are fine with your pistol in your vehicle.

    Semper Fi

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    Thank you so much for the comments. I am new to this group and delighted I joined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lasersights View Post
    If I have a permit in Colorado. It is honored in most states I travel through on a trip to PA where we have friends and property.

    But Ohio does not honor the permit and Illinois does not allow.

    Is it illegal for me to carry my pistol(s) with me when I make this trip?

    Or do I just have to lock the gun in the trunk or something else in the non permit and not allowed states?
    In Ohio, you may keep the firearm in the cab in plain view, unloaded, with the action open. "Unloaded " is defined as no ammo present in the chamber or in any attached or detached magazine. Since that pretty much renders the firearm useless, you might just as well prefer to keep it unloaded in its case in the trunk.

    As for Illinois, again the firearm must be unloaded, cased, and stowed in the trunk with the ammo kept seperate from the firearm.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeMaz View Post
    I am interested in the reply to this... my husband and are are driving from Ohio to Colorado with a return trip through Chicago. I know that Colorado doesn't accept Ohio's concealed carry permit and there is the issue with Illinois. We're not sure how to transport our guns in Colorado and Illinois.

    I am new to this organization and to on-line forums, discussions, blogs, etc. If my contribution is inappropriate for the site, I apologize.
    If you are passing through Chicago without stopping, you may do so under the McClure-Volkmer Act (as noted above by Navy LT). However, if you are planning on stopping in Chicago, you MAY NOT bring your firearm within the city, as well as a few of the suburbs.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

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    Thanks to all who responded. The information was most helpful. The laws are so varied across the country and I don't want to end up in jail or fined because I choose to own a gun. I am new to shooting and concealed carry. My husband and I are not hunters, but have purchased guns for self protection. Due to the changing social, economic and political situation in our once-great country we want to be prepared to defend our home and our lives. I pray to God that we never need to use them. God Bless all of you and God Bless AMERICA!

    This is a wonderful organization!

  11. This is disturbing news. So I'll be driving from Ohio to Chicago in February for a four-night stay. I either have to drive across state lines at night and stay in a big city without my god-given right to carry, or else risk becoming a felon for exercising my rights...

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