When to tell a LEO you are packing?
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    When to tell a LEO you are packing?

    Hey there,

    Just wondering if there was any link by state as to when you must inform a LEO when you are Carrying Concealed? I live in Alabama and poked around the State's Code, but couldn't find anything off hand. I am pretty sure it is different for each state.

    Haven't carried much since I am stationed in Germany, but can't wait to get back to the States!

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    I couldn't find the info here, but I know that you can find it here:

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  4. Don't know of anyplace that makes it easy to find but I had a list at one time.
    If I remember right, only 8 states require you to inform when carrying.

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    I made a list about a year ago. I'm pretty sure it's still accurate. The states in which you must inform LEO that you are carrying are:

    N. Carolina
    S. Carolina
    Ohio
    Michigan
    Louisiana
    Arkansas
    Texas
    Oklahoma
    Nebraska

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    Thanks everyone for the posts.

  7. What is the experience with this in WA, ID, UT, MT and NV?

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    If you go to Handgun Law.US and click your state in question it will tell you right at the top of the State page.

    For your example here is Alabama

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange Boy View Post
    I made a list about a year ago. I'm pretty sure it's still accurate. The states in which you must inform LEO that you are carrying are:

    N. Carolina
    S. Carolina
    Ohio
    Michigan
    Louisiana
    Arkansas
    Texas
    Oklahoma
    Nebraska
    I am pretty sure that Ohio has ammended that on to you do not have to notify. I am of the opinion that is a courtesy to do so....
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulIcemanMc View Post
    I am pretty sure that Ohio has ammended that on to you do not have to notify. I am of the opinion that is a courtesy to do so....
    I wasn't 100% sure (as my list was a year old) but I checked:

    http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/ohio.pdf

    The information was supposedly updated May 12, 2010 and they say that Ohio is still a must inform state. Is this something Ohio may have done in the last week or so?

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    I decided it was time to update my list, so I went through each and every states .pdf file on Handgunlaws.com. It's really not that difficult, as they post the information about informing police right at the top. Most of the pages were listed as updated recently. As of today, here are the states that require you inform the LEO if you are carrying a firearm:

    Alaska
    Arkansas
    Louisiana
    Michigan
    Nebraska
    N.Carolina
    S.Carolina
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Texas

    Since these seem to change more frequently than I imagined,, I would plan on checking this site just before traveling. Better to be safe than sorry if one were to be stopped. Hope this helps.

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