My girlfriend and I are planning to drive the Jeep from Upstate NY to Colorado within the next 2 years and are starting the planning process (thanks to those on here I pmd for info) We intend to camp and stay in a couple hotels, here is my question. I have a NY state concealed carry handgun permit( also a PA permit) and would like to take my handgun with me.......How do I do this legally to avoid hassle.....Do I have to apply for a permit in each state that I will pass through, or can I contact each state ahead of time to apply for some kind of waiver or something? I am going to call tomorrow and ask here (in NY, our county building in charge of the permits) but was thinking about it and decided to ask here. Also, any other advice or suggestions from anyone about this little adventure would be great......thank you guys
When I travel I do carry. When I get to states that do not honor my permit I place unloaded weapon into tuffy underseat lockbox and keep my fingers crossed. When I am in gun friendly areas it is in arms length cocked and locked. One day the populous will realize that law abiding gun owners believe that it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Criminals have planned out their attacks way before they run into the victim. A well armed/ trained citizen has only seconds to respond, when police are minutes away. Stay alert, stay prepared, stay armed.
Figure out which states honor your permit for concealed carry (should be pretty easy to do), and either comply with federal law vis-a-vis transport in the other states or play by big boy rules.
That said, you might want to reconsider taking your strap so you can take advantage of some of what Canada has to offer en route. Just a thought, and I completely understand if you decline that proposition in favor of staying armed. I just know there have been a number of times, sitting within sight of the US-Canada border with a pistol on my hip and a rifle or two in the Jeep, that I've thought that I'd definitely have kept rolling to some interesting cross-border destination if I had somewhere to safely lock my weapons up until I crossed back. FWIW, it is (I am told, I haven't done it yet) substantially easier to get the necessary import documents to transport long guns across/through Canada.
Comp user do you Need a pass port to pop over into Canada?
Yes, or some enhanced ID card thingee that costs 1/2 of what a Passport costs. The days of just bringing a copy of your U.S. birth certificate appear to be over in practice as well as policy; they were allowing folks in and out with that for a while, despite the change in the law, but appear to have tightened down on it at last.
You don't need a passport to travel into Canada, but you do need it to return to the good ol' USA. Also, Canada does not allow (usually, depedning on the mood if the border agents) people into their country with what they consider felonies on their records, which includes DWIs.
When reinventing the wheel, think rounder!!
Check to see which states honor your permit. I know mine is good in all my bording states as well as others. Just check which ones are covered by yours and see what states you're going through. Hope this helps.