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Traveling through various states, gun laws

Discussion in 'Legal' started by hangovur, Jun 22, 2009.

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  1. hangovur

    hangovur Member

    Mar 21, 2009
    OK, first I will say that I have used the search function and have not found a specific answer, and would really appreciate some advice here.

    I am traveling from Florida to N.C., then to Michigan and back to Florida. I do NOT have my CWL yet (will actually be in the mail while driving :fire: ) and would like to have some useful access to it while driving. Currently in Florida (without a CWL), it is legal to have a loaded firearm in your car if it is in a secure place like a console, glove box or other "secure" area that it not immediately accessible.

    One of my concerns is that FOPA 1986 seems to refer to shooting events. What if I am just traveling to see family? Does it still apply?

    I am aware of FOPA 1986, but the idea of having my pistol in the trunk and locked the whole trip really sucks. It will be great if I can convince the BG to give me just a minute while I get into two separate boxes in my trunk. That being said, I intend to obey the law (again, if only we could rely on everyone else to do that) and comply, but how do I find out what states I am required to lock it up in.

    What I am asking is what states do I actually need to put it in the trunk and what states is it OK to have in the glove box? Of course I am not asking you to answer for me, just how to go about finding this for myself. Is there a website anywhere?

    Thanks in advance. The states I will be traveling through are

  2. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    Dec 14, 2005
    Stanwood, WA
    Someone is going to post:


    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.

    Two things to note that you asked about:
    FOPA covers transportation of firearms for any lawful purpose, including mere possession, it does not have to be related to a specific shooting event.

    Also FOPA does NOT require separation of the gun from the ammo, nor unloading magazines, nor anything like that. It requires the gun be unloaded and both gun and ammo seperated from the occupants of the vehicle, but not separated from each other - in the locked trunk is fine for both, and if the trunk is locked, no separate container for either is required.
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