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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Stuart, Florida

    Motor Home Summer Road Trip

    My CW License is from Florida. Traveling in motor home thru Georgia, SC, NC, Va, Pa, NY, Ma,NH, Me,. Stopping in NC, VA, MA, NH, ME. What do you recommend doing with my gun when in MA, ME?

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    Don't stop or do any sightseeing in Mass. A Massachusetts LTC is required to possess a firearm in this state. If you don't have one, you will be in violation of state law. Massachusetts does not recognize any out-of-state permits or licenses.

    New York also does not recognize any out-of-state permits or licenses, and they do not issue licenses to non-residents. Don't stop or do any sightseeing there either. And don't get pulled over; NY only recognizes FOPA (Federal Firearms Owner Protection Act) as a defense in court AFTER you've been arrested.

    No permit is required to posess or own a firearm in Maine. While traveling, it is recommended to have the handgun unloaded and in a locked container other than the center console or glove compartment of your vehicle.

    I strongly recommend you consult the laws of each state in which you intend to travel, whether you're stopping or not. Make extensive notes.

    If you break down or have some other kind of forced stop in a jurisdiction where possession of a firearm would get you in trouble - be sure to know your rights:

    1) You have the right to remain silent. Use it. Do not inform authorities that you are in possession of a firearm.

    2) It is a violation of your civil rights if authorities search your vehicle without either a) a warrant, b) probable cause, or c) your consent. DO NOT GIVE YOUR CONSENT. It is also a violation of your civil rights if police use your non-consent as probable cause for a search.

    Know your Federal and State laws. Know your rights. And keep out of trouble. Then you should be fine. Here are some links to get you started, but if it gets confusing, you may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable about firearms laws:

    Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Maps

    NRA-ILA | Gun Laws
    S&W M&P 45; Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum; Charter Arms .38 Undercover

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    South Central N.Car.
    NC/SC are gun friendly. If stopped in NC make sure your firearm is visible--In SC make sure it is in a compartment--preferably locked. Have never had any trouble with either. NC is an open carry state, SC is not-concealed Carry allowed.
    ETA: traveled to Maryland a few yrs ago---was in dire violation of most of their gun laws and would have still been in prison had we been checked. God willing I will never return to "no man's land". If you are not allowed to defend yourself/family then I do not belong there.

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