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How To Handle Concealed Carrying While Moving

Moving from one state to another and confused about what to do about your concealed carrying habit? It's fairly simple in truth; all you have to do is make sure to follow the laws of the state you're moving from, the states you'll pass through and the state you're moving to.

Sounds like an awful lot of compliance, doesn't it? Well, it can be. However, so long as you do your homework and follow the rules, you'll be fine. Just remember - this isn't meant to serve as legal advice, but rather a helpful guide. Just make sure when you do carry to do so in a secure holster and a strong gun belt.

Research The Concealed Weapons Permit Of The State You're Moving To

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Moving and wondering what to do with your concealed carry permit? Well, there are a few different things you have to look out for. The state that you're moving to may well recognize your current license, which is fantastic since it means you'll stay a law-abiding citizen by carrying a CCW permit recognized by your new home state.

However, it isn't that simple. The laws vary by state, but as a general rule, you're required to have the domestic license if you're a resident. Non-residents can certainly have a license from another state, but residents have to have resident licenses.

You may have to wait to satisfy residency requirements, but you should apply for a resident license as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition and compliance with the law.

Granted, this step may not be necessary. If one is moving to a constitutional carry state, for residents and non-residents, then there's no need to get a permit, though you may want to keep your home state's permit valid for ccw reciprocity purposes.

Concealed Carry In The Car

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Make sure to also be aware of the applicable statutes for the move itself, as concealed carry in the car can be complicated by crossing state lines. This is an important detail that is not to be overlooked. Some might think to chance it; after all, what are the odds one will be pulled over and inspected or run across a roadblock?

Such thinking is horrible, for several reasons. Firstly, that's breaking the law. Secondly, it's breaking the law because it's inconvenient, which is distinctly different from an act of civil disobedience. Thirdly, if said gamble doesn't pay off, confiscation of one's firearm(s) is the least of one's worries; jail time and loss of all firearms rights are a distinct possibility.

Many states also require that any firearms being transported have to be locked away and unloaded, which basically means they have to be locked in the trunk or, if traveling in an RV, somewhere else not immediately accessible by the driver or passengers.

How you intend to transport firearms across state lines also matters. Many states prohibit loaded long guns in vehicles. Many states also prohibit transportation of a loaded handgun without a valid concealed carry permit. If you're planning to carry a loaded pistol while driving, make sure to find out if the states you are traveling through reciprocate with your license.

If one or more states does not reciprocate with your license, you'll need to either plan to stop, unload your gun and store it according to the laws of that state while traveling through, or plan a route around it. That's up to the individual; some people don't mind the inconvenience or at least will begrudgingly comply. Others don't think they should have to.

Ensure Compliance With Concealed Carry Laws

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In any case, make sure that you are in compliance with any and all relevant concealed carry laws. There is no excuse for doing otherwise, even if you think it's justified or if ignorant of the applicable laws. While this article is meant to serve as a source of helpful hints, it is not legal advice - it's up to you to research the applicable statutes. If necessary, contact an attorney for further assistance.

In any case, stay safe, stay legal and carry on.


About The Author

Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.

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