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:

  1. You must legally possess the firearm.
  2. The firearm must be unloaded.
  3. The firearm, and ammunition, cannot be readily accessible and cannot be directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
  4. 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.
  5. If transporting a handgun, you must be at least 18 years old.


Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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