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  • What does the 2nd Amend get you in AK & lower 48?

    I got into a discussion with some friends a while back and we had a difference of opinion on the legality of carrying firearms visibly (not concealed) on your person and/or in vehicle without a concealed carry permit.

    I told them I had always been taught as long as it wasn't concealed you have the right to carry a firearm in any state as long as you are 18 for long gun and 21 for pistol. Even loaded. They disagreed.

    Of course, not in buildings forbidding (school, banks, etc) such, not if you are a felon or fugitive, etc...

    They said they didn't think it was legal in all states to carry a pistol or long gun in a vehicle, even if it was visible or visible on your person in or out of vehicle.

    I thought the 2nd amendment still guaranteed us the right to carry in ANY state???? Am I wrong?

    Good grief, when I was in high school you could always find a few pickups out in the parking lot with gun racks in the back window with a rifle or two in them..... If it was warm weather the windows would be down too!!!

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    Unfortunately, your friends are correct. Each state has different laws, some more restrictive than others. Check out http://www.opencarry.org and http://www.usacarry.com

    Both are full of the current regulations of each state. Even with the 2nd Amendment, I know of of a few states where it's almost impossible to transport your firearm (Wisconsin being one). Michigan is also tough to transport in depending on where you are at in the state and what you are driving.

    I remember having my firearms in my pickup in HS as well, they were to be locked in a case contained in a locked compartment separate from the ammunition and inaccessible the the occupants of the vehicle (of any type).

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    • #3
      Having escaped from the People's Republic of NY

      I can attest that your friend is correct. In order to even lay a hand on a handgun you need to beg permission from the local licensing officer, usually the judge but in some counties it was the Chief Law Enforcement Officer. I had my permit since 94 and Oswego County wasn't too bad then but a few years ago they changed. My sister went to apply and part of the requirements were that she had to write a paragraph detailing how she was different from the normal citizen that she required a handgun!! Massachusetts and New Jersey are just as bad.

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      • #4
        Yup depends on the State. In Indiana you can carry any gun in the vehicle but it must be unloaded and visible. As for personal carry you have to have a permit.
        Former A.F Staff Sergeant

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        • #5
          Wow, learned a lot, and I don't like it!!!!

          Originally posted by blybrook View Post
          Unfortunately, your friends are correct. Each state has different laws, some more restrictive than others. Check out http://www.opencarry.org and http://www.usacarry.com

          Both are full of the current regulations of each state. Even with the 2nd Amendment, I know of of a few states where it's almost impossible to transport your firearm (Wisconsin being one). Michigan is also tough to transport in depending on where you are at in the state and what you are driving.

          I remember having my firearms in my pickup in HS as well, they were to be locked in a case contained in a locked compartment separate from the ammunition and inaccessible the the occupants of the vehicle (of any type).
          Thanks, I checked out the usacarry.com site and learned a lot. I had no idea how restrictive many states are. That site also linked to NRA, should have thought of looking there too and flex my membership muscle!

          Thankful I grew up and live in a state that has open carry.

          Looking at the different states, and seeing the ones who reciprocate on concealed carry makes concealed carry look attractive for people who travel interstate, or live close to state lines where two or more states meet.

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          • #6
            thats why

            thats why i dont live in the peoples republic of kalifornia... or new york $#!^^%
            Last edited by Alaskacanoe; 01-20-2009, 23:55. Reason: forum rules on language

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            • #7
              That is one reason I got the concealed carry card in Alaska. The 1968 firearms control act (or some such name) said you can transport a firearm across all state lines as long as it is not easily accessed (i.e. locked in the trunk) and have a written document from your local law enforcement saying you are an upstanding citizen with no criminal background. That is what the concealed carry card does for you. You are not suppose to stop in the states you are traveling through other than for gas and to sleep, but they can not charge you with any of their criminal laws if you follow the 68 law. Jim

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              • #8
                Even though I'm a Life Member of the NRA, I have found their website somewhat confusing to get the information of the above listed sites.

                I will admit that I've gone through the training and obtained my Alaska concealed carry, which the instructor has deemed "The Good Guy Card". I know it isn't required, but I think it's a good idea to go through the training and keep it current; I know the State Troopers appreciate it when assisting with Search & Rescue operations.

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                • #9
                  You are right , the 2nd ammendment says your right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. However many states choose to violate this right and make laws that violate the 2nd. If you choose to carry in these states you will go to jail and cost yourself more than you can believe. And , if you wave the constitution at them and refuse to give up your gun when they come to arrest you, they will shoot you dead. You will be right , but dead right doesn't work for me. One of the many reasons I live in Alaska and refuse to even visit those states.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by blybrook View Post
                    Unfortunately, your friends are correct. Each state has different laws, some more restrictive than others. Check out http://www.opencarry.org and http://www.usacarry.com

                    Both are full of the current regulations of each state. Even with the 2nd Amendment, I know of of a few states where it's almost impossible to transport your firearm (Wisconsin being one). Michigan is also tough to transport in depending on where you are at in the state and what you are driving.

                    I remember having my firearms in my pickup in HS as well, they were to be locked in a case contained in a locked compartment separate from the ammunition and inaccessible the the occupants of the vehicle (of any type).
                    Excellent sites. Didn't realize OPEN CARRY was so restricted in other states. Bummer.

                    Tim

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                    • #11
                      Texas is supposed to be one of the most pro-gun states in the union. We have concealed carry with a license or in your vehicle without one, but no open carry.

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                      • #12
                        Alaska and Vermont are the only states that do not require a concealed carry permit.

                        I wonder if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had to write paragraphs for their local constables so they could possess and carry a pistol...unbelievable...

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                        • #13
                          Gun laws

                          There are gun laws in Alaska? Huh....

                          Well, just another good reason to not live in the Union of Lower 48 Socialist States!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sep View Post
                            Alaska and Vermont are the only states that do not require a concealed carry permit.

                            I wonder if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had to write paragraphs for their local constables so they could possess and carry a pistol...unbelievable...
                            It its quite unbelievable, just amazing what people will put up with. Ironic as it is New York was one of the few states that allowed concealed carry before the concealed carry reforms that went into effect in the 90's. Of course you had to pay and get approval to do so. I think it was 1934 the Sullivan law went into effect which created the pistol permit.

                            Hard to believe that Vermont and New Hampshire (which also has pretty lax concealed carry laws) are in the same area as NY, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Jersey

                            Hence why I live in Alaska now

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by imthenra View Post
                              I can attest that your friend is correct. In order to even lay a hand on a handgun you need to beg permission from the local licensing officer, usually the judge but in some counties it was the Chief Law Enforcement Officer. I had my permit since 94 and Oswego County wasn't too bad then but a few years ago they changed. My sister went to apply and part of the requirements were that she had to write a paragraph detailing how she was different from the normal citizen that she required a handgun!! Massachusetts and New Jersey are just as bad.
                              Yeah it really depends on the county that your in, when i got mine in Schuyler County (NY) it was pretty easy, just had to wait about 5 months and i was able to get my CCW. My friend who lives in Chemung County was almost denied his fathers pistols when he died, the court held them for over a year... they said they were checking o see if they were used in a crime. And in Steuben County it is so hard to get a permit that only 8 CCW's are given out a year but they do give out carry permits that allow you to hunt and have them in your house.
                              Josh
                              Back in Afghanistan, I hope for the last time.

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