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cross country road trip with a gun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by paintballdude902, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    ok well me and one of my best friends are graduating high school this year im 18 and hes 17 (turns 18 in august). but we were talking today while we were shooting about college and how wer both moving off, im moving about halfway across the state and hes going to either az or the coast guard accadamy in ct and we started talking about doing a road trip as a last big hoorah.
    but both of us being gun nuts and future concealed carriers when we turn 21 want to take at least one gun with us just in case. i said that out best option would either be the .30-30 or 12guage pump, he wants to take his m1 but idk, since neither of us are 21 the pistols are pretty well out of the question. what laws are there to stop us from doing this? i was thinking it would be better we took one of my guns since im 18 and they are legally mine and i am allowed to have them by federal law.

    does this sound like a good idea? what would be the best way of securing them in the jeep so they are not concealed but still secure and easily in reach? a locked hard case with a key?

    the plan is to go from north carolina to komifornia where we both have family, go to his grandfathers ranch put the jeep in the back of the duece and a half and drive the duece home( im taking alot of ear plugs :) ) i think we'd end up taking us-50 which would go thru:
    West Virginia

    the only ones i really think wed have to worry bout is illinois and cali
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2009
  2. TAB

    TAB Well-Known Member

    google FOPA
  3. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    so as long as its a federally legal firearm and is locked in a case in the back we couldnt get introuble correct?

    its specifies an extended amount of time, what is this considered? mor than a day or two? are we fine if we just stopp to camp for the night?
  4. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    If your using Highway 50, you'll be passing within a mile of my house. If we're home, stop by for dinner. If I'm at work, I'll buy you the best burger in town.

    Keep in touch.
  5. wyocarp

    wyocarp Well-Known Member

    Wow Larry, does that offer stand for all of us on here or just the OP?
  6. Five of Clubs

    Five of Clubs Well-Known Member

    What a generous offer! THR is full of good people.

    I bought a CCW travel guide from a local gun shop to help me plan travel routes when we vacation. I've never checked it for laws regarding long guns, but I'd be surprised if it weren't in there as it's pretty inclusive. It might be worth a look the next time you're in a shop to ask if they have something like that.
  7. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    haha thanks larry ill shoot u an email when we get the details figured out

    what would be your choice firearm for a road trip?
  8. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    well johnny shouldnt i be able to carry a rifle or shotgun anywhere in the country?

    and thanks for the idea i hadnt thought about taking a .44 lever i think that may end up being my rifle of choice ill just take my brother in laws god knows he hasnt used it in 3-4 years
  9. 4Freedom

    4Freedom member

    I suppose carrying an AR-15 with a few 30round mags is real no-no for such a road trip right? :uhoh:
  10. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    yeah i figured i would want to stay away from semiautos for a road trip gun just seams like if i had to show a cop it, that it may lead to having a harder time with the officer than say a lever action or a shotgun
  11. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    We've had quite a few members here for dinner. Never a problem with any of them. Hence the invitation.
    Out of the current inventory, probably my Mini-14.
  12. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

    Just don't forget a case and know which states require that it be unloaded, some may have some peculiar storage requirements for gun and ammo but a nice lever carb. in not a bad travel gun.
  13. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    yeah ive been reading and i cant find anything that would stop me from taking a lever rifle across state lines as long as i meet the state requirements for storing it so im thinking im gonan buy a hard case put a lock on it and then maybe a smaller one for the ammo and that should satisfy any states laws and if they dont like it screw em
  14. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    haha yeah but i dont imagine that the gun being locked up and the ammo being locked up seperate wouldnt satisfy event he worst of the states then when i get to more gun friendly states ill probably unlock the case and make it more accessible
  15. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    One thing to consider is, how will you get the gun into the motel room without being seen? (Or it being seen and readily identified as a gun)

    Why are you wanting to take one? If you're like me, it's for road security or for the motel.

    This is one of the few times I'll suggest a shotgun. Specifically, a side by side that you can take down to transfer into the motel room in a short duffle bag. Penetration issues are minimized (with proper load selection) and 2 shots of 12 gauge at 5-10 feet should do the job.

  16. heavyshooter

    heavyshooter Well-Known Member

    Mega dittos on this one.

    As I was going through the thread I was wondering what I would carry (because I would definitely carry something). I concluded that I would take a Mossberg 590 or a Ruger Mini-14. Maybe we should take both. :)

  17. John Wayne

    John Wayne Well-Known Member

    I have heard that some states (like California) not only require guns to be registered to you, but also to be registered in that STATE. Seems like a stupid rule to me, but then so do other California gun laws.

    Last episode of COPS I watched, a guy in Cali got pulled over and was taken to jail on felony charges because he had a loaded, registered .22 rifle in his trunk!

    On a side note, the only thing I found my Kel-Tec Sub 2000 useful for, before I sold it, was for this purpose. You get the portability of a pistol (almost) but it's technically a rifle; which is of particular use to you since you're not 21. Also, when folded the gun is "disassembled" and cannot fire. I don't know if they're CA legal though.
  18. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Well-Known Member

    A cross country road trip with a gun?

    Cool idea. Count me in! However, I think that this thread should be moved to the Rallying Point section.
  19. TAB

    TAB Well-Known Member

    CA laws say nothing of the sort. The only time it matters rather a gun is registered too you or not is when your CCW illegally. If the gun is registered to you, then its only a misdemeanor, if its not, its a felony. If your from out of state, your hand gun will not be registered with the CA doj, so your screwed. The only state I know of that has mandatory registration for people bringing guns from out of state is Hi.( where its legal to do so)
  20. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    johnny we are either taking a jeep wrangler or my dodge dakota pickup so there is no trunk the back seat would be fine in all states as long as its locked correct?

    the reason i want to take it is we are going to be camping most of the time maybe 1-2 hotel stays thats it. im kinda unusual (for the average person) i dont feel really safe without a firearm i have a very bad left shoulder (seperated ac joint possibly torn rotator cuff and a recently head clavical plus some muscle damage im currently going to physical therapy 2 times a week) so i cant do alot with my left arm if we got into some kind of trouble where we had to defend our selves

    i like the idea of a sxs as i already own one but a pump shotty is almost as easy to take down

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