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Traveling from TX to Maryland

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  1. TexAg

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    We are driving from Texas to Maryland this summer for a wedding there and will be staying with a relative in a private residence. I have a TX CHL and see that Arkansas, Tenessee, and Virginia have reciprocity, but of course MD does not. So it appears, from my understanding, that I can travel just fine with my CHL and j-frame through the previous states, but before I get to MD I need to stop and unload, and lock the gun in a case with ammo seperate. Then I could take it into the residence and leave it there while I'm visiting. Does this sound correct?
     
  2. Sam1911

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    Maryland law actually says this:

    Note there is no explicit protection for you to transport that firearm to your relative's place, except such that it may be your "bona fide residence."

    Now, this is pretty thin ground to charge anyone with anything on and I've never heard of such an abuse. Especially as you certainly may be attending an "informal target practice" session on your relative's property. Who's to argue?

    So unload, separate from ammo, locked in a case, in the trunk, and you're fine.
     
  3. Rob G

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    I'm orginally from PA and have made that very same drive many times. You are in fact correct in all respects as far as current law goes. I would check the reciprocity agreements again before you leave though, not that they're likely to change but it could happen.

    If I read your post correctly you're talking about carrying a revolver. If you decide to change up and take any semi-auto firearms with you bear in mind that MD has a magazine limit in place. I don't know if that only applies to buying or if it's a general possession thing but it's there all the same.
     
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    And DO NOT drive through Washington DC!
     
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    IIRC from MD's laws, "loaded mag" = "loaded gun" even if the mag isn't in the gun. So if you have a semi-auto, unload your mags as well before crossing the border.
     
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    Maryland's magazine limit prohibits the sale, loan, rental, giving, lending, etc. of magazines over 20 rounds.

    It does NOT limit possession, ownership, or use. In fact, there is no law that says a Marylander cannot go to some other state and buy 21+ round mags if they want.
     
  7. Rob G

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    Thanks for the clarification on that Sam. Maryland was always a place I was just passing through on my way home so I never really looked all that closely at the law in question. It's interesting to hear the limit is 20. I always thought it was 10. But then I might have been thinking of the Federal AWB.
     
  8. Sam1911

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    Yeah, that's another of MD's strangely ineffectual sort-of gun bans/restrictions. Strange but true.
     
  9. TexAg

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    Thanks fellas! I think I will bring it. I'm thinking the S&W 637 since my wife can shoot it too and I can still slip it in a pocket or IWB (NOT in MD!).
     
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    Not correct. Loaded mags are legal if not in the firearm.


    see this thread

    [http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=6845783&postcount=25
     
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