State-to-State: How to Legally Transport Your Guns
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US Code 926A: Safe Travels With Your Firearms
This is a law that guarantees your right to move your weapons, unloaded, across state lines, provided... that they are under lock and key, away from the driver. By the way, Glove compartment and console don't count. It has to be out of the hands of the person who is the driver, in a separate compartment. This is a law worth memorizing, as you might need to cite it incase a rookie law enforcement officer wants to search your things.
If you have a car with a trunk, great, problem solved. Assuming that the trunk can't be reached from the car's cabin, you're in the clear. The wording of the law specifies a "locked container" in instances where the trunk is not separate from the cabin. Investing in a lockbox and keeping it out of reach of the driver's seat should satisfy the letter of the law.
Not in your State?
Consequently, you might carry a CCW permit in your state, but don't expect it to hold up elsewhere. First of all, every state has their own laws and regulations. Secondly, they have their own licensing bodies. So, don't be discouraged moving through a state that allows citizens to carry firearms.
Although, If you are moving through a state that has laws against carrying, you're going to want to leave your firearms in the lockbox. Certainly, you can leave your firearms in the trunk when you stop for a bite to eat or at a gas station.
Now you might want to skip all of that and just mail your guns to yourself. But, that can be more complicated. Or, going to be a little less complicated, depends on the case.
Legally Shipping Your Guns
Licensed dealers have a greater range of freedom in sending guns by mail. For the rest of us, we can ship the guns to ourselves! There are a few ways to do this:
- Mail it to yourself . Whoever you stay with for your next hunting trip, just know that they cannot even hold the package. As a result, ship it to yourself "in care of" your faraway friend, and be there to receive it or pick it up when it arrives.
- You can ship a long gun, like a hunting rifle directly to a friend out of state. To ship a handgun, you'll need a dealer's license.
- You can ship your firearm to someone who holds an FFL, or dealer's license. This means that you can have them hold it for you. As a result, this is one reason why it's always a good idea to get to know your local dealers because you never know when you'll need to call in a favor.
Learning all the individual gun laws from state to state is a pain. Fortunately, there are ways to get your firearms across the country. Therefore, as long as you travel safe or know who you're shipping to, you should be fine.