Skip to comments.Transportation of Firearms Across State Lines
Posted on 08/17/2012 7:29:14 PM PDT by America_Right
Question for fellow gun nuts:
I have a lot of guns at my dad's place in Ohio. Rifles (.22, 30/30), shotguns(410, 12ga, 20ga), and pistols (.38, .44). No assault weapons. Here's the thing. I want to drive them back to Idaho at some point, but I just heard a news story about a guy that is being charged with "Transportation of Firearms Across State Lines". If I get pulled over, am I going to prison? I know, this sounds like a stupid question, but I would hate to go to prison for driving legal firearms across the country.
Obey the speed limits in Illinois.
Do not, under any circumstances whatsoever, drive through Chicago or neighboring cities no matter what anyone else on this thread tells you.
To answer your question, I think it’s legal to do what you want to do, if the guns are locked and inaccessible during the drive, and they are legal at both the origin and the destination. (That is, irrespective of laws of the intervening places. But see above.)
Unloaded, in trunk. Look up various state rules.
Basically if you drive point to point, short rest stops for food/fuel, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting arrested. Personally I’d have a handgun loaded for defense and the guns being transported unloaded and if able in a locked case or storage container, just so nobody else can easily get them.
You’re safe in Indiana.
Heck...we’ll even buy you a coffee.
Notwithstanding any state or local law, a person shall be entitled to transport a firearm from any place where he may lawfully possess and transport such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and transport such firearm if the firearm is unloaded and in the trunk. In vehicles without a trunk, the unloaded firearm shall be in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.
do your own verification. This was from a quick check i did on a link i had.
If you are legal to own from your starting point and at your destination, you should be good to go. Just don’t detour to Jersey, Mass., New York City, California, Hawaii, Chicago, you get the point. And make sure they are unloaded and secured out of reach. NRA has a paperback about traveling with guns. Good luck.
Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! And thanks to everyone else for your replies.
Send them to yourself fed ex
Make sure they are unloaded
Better than dealing with officer Obey
I think you’re ok if you a) keep ‘em unloaded and locked in the trunk — don’t even carry any ammo, and b) don’t speed, drink, do bong hits on the interstate, etc. Scrape the Romney sticker off your car too.
Except that when you pass through Chicago — and you should plan to pass through Chicago, if at all possible — I’d have your significant other drive around downtown, while you hang out of the sun roof with the twelve-gauge shotgun in plain view, screaming “Hey Rahm! Want some of THIS???”
I’m not sure that’s legal. (Yes, here in the Free Country, with an explicit right to keep and bear arms.)
Dunno, but even that doesn't sound like it should be illegal. I don't remember what the story was, exactly, but there was a laundry list of charges, and that was the one that stuck out at me. I didn't understand how someone could be charged with that.
Especially don’t take a detour to Hawaii. They really hate people who have cars full of guns, driving from Ohio to Idaho, who swing through Hawaii on the way.
Quite the opposite,one of the most important questions ever asked on this forum.
Believe it or not, Hawaii has an interstate highway.
I would take along proof of ownership (eg, copies of sales receipts) just in case you need them. Particularly if it is more than just a couple of guns.
***Obey the speed limits in Illinois.***
Even better, GO AROUND Illinois.
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