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Handguns in rec. vehicles

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Pappy John, Oct 6, 2005.

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  1. Pappy John

    Pappy John Member

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    I'm the happy new owner of a travel trailer, planning a trip across several states. Some of them honor my PA CCW permit and some do not, with our final destination state, Alabama, in the "not' category. Said state also doesn't allow for a handgun to be in my vehicle legally either, in any usable manner.

    My question concerns the trailer. Is this an extension of my home, and therefore legal to have my handgun inside in any locale where mere possession of a handgun itself is not illegal?

    I did a search on Packing.org and here and got nowhere.

    Should I just give up and pick out a long gun for PD for the duration of the trip?
     
  2. SIOP

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    I would never recommend anyone break the law, but when is the last time the cops searched your travel trailer?
     
  3. roo_ster

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    New Hampshire CCW

    Look it up on packing.org

    It'll cure what ails you...in ~10 days
     
  4. Pilgrim

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    There have been a few SCOTUS decisions which say that when on the road the travel trailer is like an automobile. It can be searched without warrant provided probable cause exists.

    When the trailer is parked in a manner it is not readily movable, as in a RV park or campground with power, water, sewer connected, it becomes a dwelling and Fourth Amendment protections apply.

    Pilgrim
     
  5. biere

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    If you don't already know about escapees I would run a search to find the proper way to the sight and then run a search on their site.

    I personally don't know.
     
  6. Gunpacker

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    Florida non resident CCW would solve your problem.
     
  7. MikeIsaj

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    Join the Good Sam Club. In addition to lots of good RV info they sell a publication on handgun law specifically written for RV owners. All your answers are there.
     
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    The last time I took it across Boulder Dam, March 2003.
     
  9. firefighter4884

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    Would it be legal for you to store the firearm in a locked container in the trailer while you're on the move? And only take it out for PD while stopped.

    I know this isn't an ideal situation, but, it's probably better then nothing...

    --Jim
     
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