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Old 02-03-2010, 04:58 AM   #1
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Opinions on carrying weapons...

We have just begun our adventures in RVing. We are experienced travelers, just not in an RV. I'd like some thoughts/opinions on carrying weapons during our travels. On a recent trip between Fl and Colorado, we saw/met alot of people begging at rest stops. They always seemed to approach from several different directions and seemed to work in pairs...kinda creepy. Thoughts please!?!?!?

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Old 02-03-2010, 05:12 AM   #2
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Hi Andi,

I'm not the one to offer an opinion on carrying weapons, because I don't. But there is an active thread on this very topic - you might find some answers to your questions there.

As for being approached at rest stops - we never stop at rest stops. I don't know if a large gas station/truck center is any safer, but I've never been approached by odd people begging at a gas station. The only time I've ever been approached was outside a convenience store one evening in North Carolina - she really scared the cr*p out of me, coming out of the shadows suddenly and asking for money because her husband was in Iraq... she probably was an addict looking for the next fix I suppose.

I was lucky that it wasn't a crazier person with a weapon themselves. But I don't think I'll ever carry a weapon - I now fully scope out all unfamiliar situations and try to be as aware as I can. And for me, that includes not stopping at rest stops.


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Old 02-03-2010, 05:56 AM   #3
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My take on carrying weapons (handguns) is do it if you are schooled in the use and safety of firearms, and are properly licensed to carry them. If you are not familiar with them, get the training before hand. Of course, it never hurts to have a handy baseball bat nearby.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:16 AM   #4
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There are several threads here on this subject. Some better than others, of course. You might want to read thru each of them if you have the time. Gun laws vary from state to state and there's some pretty good advice in those threads describing how states, umm, "regulate" your second amendment rights. Jokes aside, it's a good idea to be familiar with the laws. Some states have extremely restrictive laws, other states are very lacks.


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Old 02-03-2010, 06:22 AM   #5
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If you carry a weapon you had better know how to use it. That means train, train, train. If not, you might end up on the wrong end of that gun or the wrong end of the law. You will not react well or quick enough if you don't practice. I don't just mean practice at a range but practice how you will react in situations. In that type of situation your fine motor skills go out the window and you will need to rely on gross motor skills. In law enforcement we train all of the least monthly to be able to react efficiently and quickly. Really think this out. There might be better alternatives.
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Safety & Security: Guns and RVs

This is perhaps the best advice one can read on carry weapons in RV's
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:04 AM   #7
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Excellent article.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:29 AM   #8
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yes, carry. You may never need it but prior planning prevents...... well you know the rest
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:20 AM   #9
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Ya gotta ge careful on this. It has been noted in other posts in this thread that you have to know how to use a firearm and this requires extensive and ongoing training. There are a lot of legal issues here. Whether or not you can pack depends on several factors, most notably the state in which you wish to carry and your state of residence. When it comes to travel outside the USA You can pretty much forget it when it comes to Canada and probably Mexico too.

Here is a Web site that gives information on reciprocity:

Another Web site that has information on the gun laws in all 50 states:


Having posted this information I take no responsibility for its accuracy. I live in the state with the least restrictive gun laws in the land, Vermont. Residents are not required to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. I personally do not see any need to carry a weapon and it is my choice not to do so even though I could if I wanted to.

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I keep it no Secret I have a CHL and carry at all times. I think my CHL covers 26 states at the moment. Previous posters have some good info. Carrying a concealed weapon is a touchy subject and is not to be taken lightly.It does require training,12 hrs in my state,FBI and OBI background checks.This is a defensive measure only,when you fear for your life or the lives of your family or that of another. Please check the laws in all the states you intend on carrying in. Please GET LICENSED and train once a month.
Id rather have it and not need it than need it an not have it.
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It's not really an RV-related or Airstream-related question. The pros and cons and hows and legalities are pretty much the same as they are when traveling via other means.

The legal climate in Florida and surrounding states extremely pro-carry although in Georgia the "public place" limitation on permit holders could be construed to apply in campgrounds or parks by an overzealous prosecuting attorney. I understand that there have been ongoing legislative efforts to fix this but no results yet.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:33 AM   #12
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My preference is YES

Id rather have it and not need it than need it an not have it.

My whole family is trained on the correct use of firearms and my wife and I both have taken the CHL class.

I never travel without protection. Just make sure the states you go to are reciprocal to your license.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:57 AM   #13
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My wife & I both have CCW's and we both carry when traveling.....mindful of Canadian and some state restrictions.....Tim

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Old 02-03-2010, 11:05 AM   #14
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Key is to have something when you need it. Unless you strap a gun to your side, odds are it will be in the glove compartment when you are outside the truck kicking tires and getting robbed. I keep something stashed all around the rig. In the cab, back of truck, under hood, inside/outside trailer, etc. At least I know where something is close by.

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