Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FAQ: Do You Have Any Advice For Traveling Out Of State With A Firearm?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor

Q: Hey Rick, next weekend I will be in St. Louis, Mo. for a weekend long meeting. What is your advise if I want to carry? (ie conceal laws and travel from Saginaw to St Louis)

A: You will need to do some research. Plan your route through states that recognize a Michigan CPL. If such a route is impractical, such as Illinois, you will need to transport your handgun in the trunk encased, separated, and unloaded under federal law guidelines.

If you are flying, you will need to read the TSA's latest rules on flying with firearms and read your airline's specific requirements. Furthermore, you need to know the gun laws in the states where you will be carrying a handgun under reciprocity: gun free zones, duty to retreat, law enforcement stops, and etc. It is not insurmountable, but it is necessary that you do your homework.

You are strongly encouraged to not only conduct your own independent research but to also consult with a competent and qualified attorney before acting upon any information in this article. Laws covering self-defense, lethal force, firearms, and the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and their enforcement are always subject to change due to laws being amended, politics conducted in the Prosecutor's Office, and election results at all levels of government. Ignorance of the law, legally speaking, is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. The penalties and fines imposed upon violators of firearms related offenses are stiff and severe.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Phone: 313.733.7404

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