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So there are a million online maps showing reciprocity and you can visit each states ag website for some form saying your good in that state. But really in today's world is that something you can trust? What do you folks do to make sure you don't get arrested? How do you prove it to some cop? How do you not end up in jail?
This is confusing and honestly its not fair to me, im all up and up with no record but need to travel. Navigation of various laws from state to state is just a pain. But its on me to Interpret the laws correctly.
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When you get that CCW license, there's literature on what other states honor that CCW. At the very least it's listed on the licensing website, or on back of the permit. Addendum: when take that mandatory CCW class, that information is given out as well. Stating very clearly where and when you can use that CCW.

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My state’s ag has a website with information on it, but my state’s Citizens Defense League has a much easier to use resource!

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I plan out my trip to avoid those states as much as possible but if I do have to go through them I make sure to take my girlfriends car as it’s registered to her anti gun parents and won’t be tied to my ccw.
 

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will it keep you out of jail? Would a cop care?
It is incumbent upon you and you alone to know the laws of the state you are travelling in. If you do not trust that book that has been in publication for years and years you can contact the states yourself to see if you can legally carry a firearm or not and what the laws are.
 

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I'm still going with my God given right to defend myself and not be a victim no matter what state I'm in.

Defense is defense from evil. I don't care if there are laws saying I'm not allowed to carry in certain states. I will defend me and mine no matter what state I'm in. No laws will let me or mine become a victim. That's BS. I'm law abiding, but I guess not so much in a state that doesn't appreciate our right to bear arms. I'm not the guy anyone needs to worry about.

Bad guys don't follow laws. When are these elected officials going to realize this? Good Lord, it's so simple.

We don't have a gun problem, we have a people problem.
 

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I can relate to this, as my state (CT) borders three states, none of which honor my permit. When I travel through any of these states en route to a free state, I unload and separate ammo from gun. The book mentioned is very worthwhile, as it includes everything you need to know about every state, including WHERE and HOW you can legally carry in each. They’re all different, and a simple mistake can lead to a serious problem. For example, it is illegal to simply bring a magazine that holds over 10 rounds into the state of MA, Even if it is unloaded and locked up.
 

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It’s pretty easy. I have three permits , NYS , Utah and fla non resident . The online maps are kept,up to date , i just recheck them before each trip . When we go from NYS to Fla there are two states that don’t honor my permits so I unload , lock it up in an area not accessible to the driver , and pass through without any unnecessary stays , as per the Firearms Owners Protection Act .

I tend to get stopped by law enforcement maybe once every five years or so, and haven’been issued a ticket in 25 years and that he wrote me for a seatbelt violation instead of speed , never once have I been asked about a gun .

oh and I bring a single stack 9mm , 8 plus 1
 

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Do what I did when I travelled across the USA (multiple times) with many loaded firearms, look up the Attorney General (or whatever state entity handles the Reciprocity laws) website and the information for reciprocal CCW permits/licenses with the state. Keep the page loaded/cached on your phone and ready to show a police officer if needed. It's definitely a step up from carrying some book with you that nobody will recognize as an authoritative source. I always look up the gun laws on the state government's websites of every state I will be travelling through. There are other websites like USA Carry or ConcealedCarry .com etc that have reciprocal maps that are fairly accurate (not 100% ) . To be honest with you, unless you are going through the Left Coast or Northeastern Socialist states, most of the states in the country will recognize your permits. The exceptions I have seen are Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania (still NEish) and Minnesota.

States like Colorado, South Carolina, Tennessee (and I am sure some others) allow you to carry a loaded firearm in your glovebox even without a concealed handgun license, so keep that in mind. Some states let you open carry a loaded gun even without a permit, but you will have to decide if you think that is smart to do. I always felt a little jittery open carrying my firearms as it may be hard to predict how some police (esp urban areas) would react to it.
 

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The outdoor shooting range I go to has some retired LEOs as their RSOs. I asked a retired LEO from my state if I get in my car with a weapon and I have another one in the console, would a LEO cite me for two guns? His answer was “don’t give them a reason to stop you.”
 

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The outdoor shooting range I go to has some retired LEOs as their RSOs. I asked a retired LEO from my state if I get in my car with a weapon and I have another one in the console, would a LEO cite me for two guns? His answer was “don’t give them a reason to stop you.”
Sorry, but that LEO answer was a bit lazy.. He should certainly know the laws in his state for that question. You said he was retired, so maybe he never worked in the state you are in. Unless you live in New Mexico or a Northeastern Socialist State, I am not aware of hardly any states requiring an individual concealed carry permit or registration of each gun you carry concealed. I always carry multiple guns in my car when I travel.. I really refuse to go through states if I Can help it where my gun rights are not respected. Illinois was hard to get around. Damn how I hated driving through Illinois and always having to unload in St. Louis of all places.. I even got lost in East St. Louis (thanks to my dumb GPS) on an occasions and was completely unarmed (guns were locked and unloaded in case). Thankfully, I learned the lesson to read a map going through St. Louis and never trusting your GPS with the routes... The 8 different routes you pick from leaving Missouri to Illinois is tricky.
 
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So there are a million online maps showing reciprocity and you can visit each states ag website for some form saying your good in that state. But really in today's world is that something you can trust? What do you folks do to make sure you don't get arrested? How do you prove it to some cop? How do you not end up in jail?
This is confusing and honestly its not fair to me, im all up and up with no record but need to travel. Navigation of various laws from state to state is just a pain. But its on me to Interpret the laws correctly.
Good grief Charlie brown.
Handgunlaw.us is probably the most up to date website on the web. They also have links to official state website pages for you to verify the information for yourself. You can save said links to verify any confusion to LE.

Steve Aikens and Gary Slider created Handgunlaw.us almost 20 years ago, when Mark Soloman prevented Packing.org from being updated, and subsequently spiral into oblivion.

Concealed Carry - Resources, Maps, Forums, Articles - USA Carry is my secondary general source that I use to double check handgunlaw.us.
 

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The outdoor shooting range I go to has some retired LEOs as their RSOs. I asked a retired LEO from my state if I get in my car with a weapon and I have another one in the console, would a LEO cite me for two guns? His answer was “don’t give them a reason to stop you.”
Are you only allowed to carry one gun? Or is that just in some states?
 

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Sorry, I never found out. Its easy enough, I‘ll check and get back to the board. I’m in Florida.
 
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Sorry, but that LEO answer was a bit lazy.. He should certainly know the laws in his state for that question. You said he was retired, so maybe he never worked in the state you are in. Unless you live in New Mexico or a Northeastern Socialist State, I am not aware of hardly any states requiring an individual concealed carry permit or registration of each gun you carry concealed. I always carry multiple guns in my car when I travel.. I really refuse to go through states if I Can help it where my gun rights are not respected. Illinois was hard to get around. Damn how I hated driving through Illinois and always having to unload in St. Louis of all places.. I even got lost in East St. Louis (thanks to my dumb GPS) on an occasions and was completely unarmed (guns were locked and unloaded in case). Thankfully, I learned the lesson to read a map going through St. Louis and never trusting your GPS with the routes... The 8 different routes you pick from leaving Missouri to Illinois is tricky.
Out of state residents traveling through Illinois are able to lawfully carry a concealed firearm within a vehicle, if they are eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of their own state.
 
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