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  1. Am I allowed to carry?

    Hello my southern neighbours,

    I am a Canadian with some American relatives living in New Hampshire and Maine and I had a few questions about carrying a firearm. I am a huge advocate of carrying a firearm but sadly the general populous in my country is not. We lost that right in the 70s but maybe we will get it back someday... it's an uphill battle though.

    Anyways, back on topic. I was wondering if it would be legal for me to carry my handgun when I go to the states to visit my family. From the amount of research I did with google searches Maine and New Hampshire are both shall issue states to residents and non residents for CC but I don't go to the states enough to take a concealed carry course.

    I am under the impression that there is no permit required for openly carrying a firearm. Is this true? If so, can my handgun be loaded or does it have to be unloaded with the magazines attached to my belt?

    If I can carry, how much grief would I receive from people through out the day for carrying my firearm openly? What about police interactions? Are police unfriendly to Canadians carrying firearms?

    Are there rules for transporting the firearm? Can I have it on my hip while driving in a car or does it have to be locked up in the trunk?

    Also, what is the age requirement to carry a firearm in the United States? I am 19 years old.

    Last but not least, I would like your personal opinion on whether it would be worth it to bother carrying. Do you think it would be too much trouble to go through getting the permits required to bring my firearm in to the country and all of the possible grief I would receive?

    Thanks in advance,

    -A Canadian Arty Soldier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdn_Artillery View Post
    Hello my southern neighbours,

    I am a Canadian with some American relatives living in New Hampshire and Maine and I had a few questions about carrying a firearm. I am a huge advocate of carrying a firearm but sadly the general populous in my country is not. We lost that right in the 70s but maybe we will get it back someday... it's an uphill battle though.

    Anyways, back on topic. I was wondering if it would be legal for me to carry my handgun when I go to the states to visit my family. From the amount of research I did with google searches Maine and New Hampshire are both shall issue states to residents and non residents for CC but I don't go to the states enough to take a concealed carry course.

    I am under the impression that there is no permit required for openly carrying a firearm. Is this true? If so, can my handgun be loaded or does it have to be unloaded with the magazines attached to my belt?

    If I can carry, how much grief would I receive from people through out the day for carrying my firearm openly? What about police interactions? Are police unfriendly to Canadians carrying firearms?

    Are there rules for transporting the firearm? Can I have it on my hip while driving in a car or does it have to be locked up in the trunk?

    Also, what is the age requirement to carry a firearm in the United States? I am 19 years old.

    Last but not least, I would like your personal opinion on whether it would be worth it to bother carrying. Do you think it would be too much trouble to go through getting the permits required to bring my firearm in to the country and all of the possible grief I would receive?

    Thanks in advance,

    -A Canadian Arty Soldier

    NH and Maine do not have an age limit or permit needed for open carry. The gun can be loaded. You should really post this in the specific forum for the state you're going to and you'll have better info on people and leo reactions. Make sure you look at the laws for each state on vehicular carry and prohibited places.
    For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. - Carl Sagan .When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours - Stephen Roberts

  4. Thank you, I will do that.

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    I reported this post to the moderators. It's duplicated all over the forum.

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    NO it would not be legal. The Constitution covers Americans. I have nothing against the Canadians, but remember we can't carry in Canada. I'll stop there.

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    I would suggest that you post in the specific state forums at opencarry.org.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by oldbanjo View Post
    NO it would not be legal. The Constitution covers Americans. I have nothing against the Canadians, but remember we can't carry in Canada. I'll stop there.
    Neither can we. I know several Canadians that have a CCW permit in the US. Canadians can carry, I know that much.

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    Maybe you should check the states you typically travel in and look on their states Attorney General's web site. If you can't find the answer there call their office and ask for the "REAL" answer.
    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
    Thomas Jefferson

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    I tell you one thing Bud, weather you can carry in Canada or not, at 19, I don't think your legal anywhere in the US, if I.m wrong, sorry, but I don't think I am

  11. Quote Originally Posted by Rocketgeezer View Post
    I tell you one thing Bud, weather you can carry in Canada or not, at 19, I don't think your legal anywhere in the US, if I.m wrong, sorry, but I don't think I am
    Yes, you are mistaken.

    Very quick count shows 33 states where he can carry. And that's just open carry, obtaining a CCW permit might increase that number.

    http://www.opencarry.org/age.html

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