Individuals all over the United States travel for numerous reasons, such as fun and business. Regardless of one’s reasons for travel, the last thing they want to experience is trouble of any kind. Luckily, there are precautions travelers can practice to avoid experiencing issues that involve their firearms.
If you’re going to travel with your gun, the first thing you should do is review the guidelines for the interstate transportation of firearms. It’s also important to know that the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA) protects individuals that are traveling with their firearms for lawful purposes. Under this act, as long as your firearm is out of reach, locked and unloaded, you can take it into any area where you can legally possess and carry it.
“While FOPA applies in every United States state jurisdiction, experience has shown that some jurisdictions provide particular challenges to those transporting firearms. Knowing the local laws of such places is particularly important and may make traveling through them easier. The following states are known to have especially strict and complicated gun control laws and travelers should consult the state laws directly, along with local law enforcement and states’ attorneys general resources for detailed information.” Be sure to check ahead of time which states you are traveling through and if they have any unique laws you must abide by.
Overall, one of the best ways to adhere to FOPAs standards while traveling is to lock your gun in a small gun safe or gun box. In addition to taking this precaution, travelers should also learn the laws of the areas they’re traveling to.
Although traveling with a firearm can seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. Here at Fort Knox, we offer personalized customer service that can help you find a gun safe for your traveling needs.
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