Are gun laws available on-line?


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DragonFire
June 16, 2004, 10:49 AM
Inevitablely at the range several people always disagree on what's "legal" and what's not for CCW (last night's was: is it legal to carry concealed in a bank?).

The problem with forum discussions is that that laws vary so much from state to state.

Is there a source, preferably online, where state gun laws (and maybe federal too) can be found? (I'm in New York, btw) I stumbled on one site that had state laws, but it was pretty much exactly how the laws were written, so they were hard to understand and not all the information for any subject was all in one place.

At one point, I thought I knew all I needed to know to carry legal in NYS, but now I'm not sure.

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Graystar
June 16, 2004, 10:53 AM
You might find what you need at packing.org


http://www.packing.org

George S.
June 16, 2004, 11:18 AM
Packing.org is a good source for links to your state's laws concerning CCW and all of the rules and regulations pertaining to guns, especially where a CCW license is valid and where it is not.

As far as carrying in banks or any private businesses, that is something that may be decided by the business itself. There are lots of posts here (and on other gun forums) about some business or corporation that prohibits the carrying of a gun into a store or onto their property. Some choose to refuse to do business with those companies and others (like me) will continue to carry concealed and ignore the sign.

To me, if you do a good job of "concealing" your carry weapon, and that's the point behind CCW, nobody should know so there should be no problem. Personally, I do not carry where it expressly prohibited by state law. For example in WA, you cannot carry in state-owned buildings (although this may be changing), bars, resturants where alcohol is served, schools and their grounds, sports stadiums (state colleges and universities, Safeco Field and the Seahawks staduim as they are partly financed by tax money), military bases, and Indian Reservations.

ctdonath
June 16, 2004, 11:24 AM
New York Laws (http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sl=0)

Most of what you are looking for is in Penal Law (http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?cl=82) Section 265 (http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?cl=82&a=68) and Section 400 (http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?cl=82&a=72).

dischord
June 16, 2004, 11:34 AM
http://www.nraila.org/GunLaws/Default.aspx

GigaBuist
June 16, 2004, 11:54 AM
Where do you go to get a hold of town ordnances or county regulations and such though? My state laws I can keep track of -- but I have no idea what my town thinks or county.

mack69
June 16, 2004, 12:31 PM
Gig, if your town or county has a web site you can check there under village ordinances etc. But beware..they are usually sketchy at best. I found that a phone call (anonymous from a pay phone if you wish) to the local PD is the best way to find out about these things.....good luck ....mack

Gray Peterson
June 16, 2004, 03:21 PM
Where do you go to get a hold of town ordnances or county regulations and such though? My state laws I can keep track of -- but I have no idea what my town thinks or county.

If you're in Michigan, you don't have to worry about town or village regulations on firearms, except perhaps discharge.

Off the top of my head, I know that Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, and Nebraska do not have preemption statutes or preemption judicial doctrines, and there's some variances to each state as to the effect of such preemption. Ohio, for example, only has preemption statewide for people carrying on a CHL there. Ohio has not preempted it on possession, licensing, transportation and such, if I'm reading the Section 9 provisions correctly.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey have preemption of firearms laws (Except for NY, just for handguns) by judicial ruling. The rest are statutory.

Hkmp5sd
June 16, 2004, 04:38 PM
ATF P 5300.4 - Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide 2000 (1/00) (http://www.atf.gov/pub/fire-explo_pub/2000_ref.htm)

ATF P 5300.5 - State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (2000 - 22nd Edition) (http://www.atf.gov/firearms/statelaws/22edition.htm)

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