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Old 07-15-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Traveling thru NH with pitol and ammo

I will be traveling to VT thru NH in the next couple of weeks. I am not sure what I need to do to legally travel thru NH with a pistol and ammo. Does anyone have any information to help me out?
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Originally Posted by afjwalkerm3 View Post
Ask google or state website.
State law isn't going to address inTERstate transport.

You are protected under Federal Law (FOPA) for inTERstate transport of firearms.

It's not needed under 926A but do you have a CCW or License to Carry in any state?

Basically, if you are traveling FROM a place where you can legally own/carry firearms TO a place you can legally own/carry firearms, you are Federally protected. You still need to be aware of state laws as well while you travel through though.

The firearms need to be unloaded, out of reach and secured from you.
To be safe, I personally would remove all ammo from the firearms, from the magazines and keep the Firearms, mags and ammo all in separate containers locked in the trunk.

If you are pulled over or otherwise discovered to be carrying while traveling, some cops will NOT be familiar with FOPA and may arrest you. If it goes to court, you want the judge/jury to PLAINLY see that you made every attempt to securely and legally transport the firearms. (Some people even say to field strip them, lol).

That being said... this protection generally covers a person(s) when they are traveling from one spot to another. There is some debate if it would cover you from bordering states like PA to DE or TX to NM. Some would argue that it does, some would argue that it only protects you while traveling THROUGH a middle state like TX to AZ.

I would not recommend stopping along the way to sight see, visit your Grannie or plan vacation stops along the way. Proceed directly from A to B, stopping only for gas and to pee.

926A. Interstate transportation of firearms
Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.
IANAL, but well versed with this stuff. Let me know if you have any other questions and have a safe trip!

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Old 10-24-2011, 11:17 PM   #4
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New Hampshire is pretty user friendly related to firearms. Though I have lived there, have property in that state and visit at least every three months, details on the gun laws is not known. Residents can buy and sell both long arms and handguns without going through an FFL.

Vermont is pretty much wide open with no permit needed to carry a concealed gun.

The place you need to watch out for is MASSACHUSETTS. That state is fanatically and extremely anti-gun Was up there in the spring visiting friends. For a birthday gift. I was given an ammo box with about 400 rounds of 30.06 in Garand en-bloc clips. We had to be sure to hide the stuff deep within the trunk. Should one get stopped without a Massachusetts gun permit with even one "empty" shell casing found in the car, that person may very well face felony charges. Ammunition and components are treated the same as having a gun in Massachusetts.

Good luck!

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