Often times a situation arises where you need or want to transport a firearm from one state into another. This gets confusing, because different states have different laws in regards to traveling with firearms in vehicles. Some states allow you to travel with a loaded handgun on your person, whether you have a concealed carry permit or not. Other states require that your gun be locked in your trunk, completely out of reach. If you wish to see the specific laws for transporting a handgun into a certain state, select the state from the States drop-down menu above.
Whether you have a concealed carry permit in your state of residence, in the state(s) you’ll be traveling through, both, or neither, the U.S. Government has established a law that will guide and simplify your firearm transportation. Rather than risk committing a felony by illegally transporting a firearm, follow the guidelines set forth in 18 U.S. Code § 926A to stay on the safe side:
- You must legally possess the firearm.
- The firearm must be unloaded.
- The firearm, and ammunition, cannot be readily accessible and cannot be directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
- The firearm must be secured.
- If your vehicle doesn’t have a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment, the firearm and ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.
- If transporting a handgun, you must be at least 18 years old.