Transporting firearms across country


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Pilot
June 6, 2004, 08:41 AM
Hi all. I am moving from PA to CO as I am being transferred for work. I have several rifles and pistols to move and don't want to trust the moving company to move them. How can I ship them, economically, without having to drive them across country myself. Thanks!

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J Miller
June 6, 2004, 12:02 PM
Pilot,


Personally, I'd rather transport them myself. That way I have control of them. And that is exactly what I did five years ago when I suffered a case of temporary insanity and moved from AZ it IL. I rented a U-Haul trailor and loaded all my stuff including the shooting stuff in the trailer. The guns were cased and placed securely in the trailer. Then the trailer hitch was locked to my truck with MY lock and the trailer cargo door was locked with MY lock and I had the keys.

Transporting your guns across country is perfectly legal, and a lot safer than allowing shipping companies do it for you. Basically the only restrictions are they have to be stored out of reach and unloaded. When crossing the country, Federal law trumps the state laws you pass through.

To answer the question of how to ship them economicly, I have no idea.

Joe

MrPink
June 7, 2004, 08:43 AM
Additional points to the federal law - it must be legal for you to posses the firearm in both the originating and destination state - i.e., can't carry the AR15 or M16 into CA. And you transport the guns in a manor that is legal for both states - for example in MD you cannot have a loaded magazine in the car.

Note federal law requires guns to be stored outside the passenger compartment - not just out of reach. In a "container". Unloaded. And ammo in a seperate container. So don't toss the guns in the trunk along with a bunch of loaded mags.

Also if the vehicle doesn't have a trunk - i.e., a pickup truck, the guns must be in a locked container if its in the passenger cab.

mete
June 7, 2004, 11:36 AM
Perhaps it has changed but about 20 years ago it was not legal. At that time it was legal for a moving company to move your guns but illegal for you to do it yourself !! That was one of the "reasonable" gun laws !

Pilot
June 13, 2004, 08:41 AM
Thanks guys. I'm going to check into it a little more and probably end up renting a van and moving them myself.

FPrice
June 13, 2004, 08:51 AM
"Thanks guys. I'm going to check into it a little more and probably end up renting a van and moving them myself."

Add me to the list of people who recommend that you DIY (Do It Yourself). Just secure and hide them carefully and you should be okay.

Stand_Watie
June 13, 2004, 09:11 AM
Here is the chapter and verse regarding the applicable federal law, I think it was passed in the 80's - I don't think any state between PA and Co would be any problem anyway though, if they were in the trunk of the car or in a cargo compartment of a truck, except Illinois.


http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/18/parts/i/chapters/44/sections/section_926a.html

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United States Code
TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 44 - FIREARMS

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U.S. Code as of: 01/22/02
Section 926A. Interstate transportation of firearms

Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or
regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any
person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from
transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to
transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he
may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place
where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during
such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the
firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible
or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such
transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle
without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the
firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container
other than the glove compartment or console.

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