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Old 12-09-2014, 06:21 AM   #41
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Thanks. Just don't want anyone going to jail for thinking they can stick a gun in a "50 state legal" safe and drive anywhere they please.
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[QUOTE=SCOTTinNJ;1551587]Thanks. Just don't want anyone going to jail for thinking they can stick a gun in a "50 state legal" safe and drive anywhere they please.[/QUOTE

Your are correct but there does exist a Federal Law on intrastate firearm transport which I cite here:

FEDERAL LAW ON TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS

A provision of the federal law known as the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, or FOPA, protects those who are transporting firearms for lawful purposes from local restrictions which would otherwise prohibit passage.

Under FOPA, notwithstanding any state or local law, a person is entitled to transport a firearm from any place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry it, if the firearm is unloaded and locked out of reach. In vehicles without a trunk, the unloaded firearm must be in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console. Ammunition that is either locked out of reach in the trunk or in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console is also covered.

Travelers should be aware that some state and local governments treat this federal provision as an “affirmative defense” that may only be raised after an arrest. All travelers in areas with restrictive laws would be well advised to have copies of any applicable firearm licenses or permits, as well as copies or printouts from the relevant jurisdictions’ official publications or websites documenting pertinent provisions of law (including FOPA itself) or reciprocity information. In the event of an unexpected or extended delay, travelers should make every effort not to handle any luggage containing firearms unnecessarily and to secure it in a location where they do not have ready access to it.

In the more draconian states, I sure wouldn't advertise the fact that I had a weapon onboard.
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Thanks. Just don't want anyone going to jail for thinking they can stick a gun in a "50 state legal" safe and drive anywhere they please.[/QUOTE

Your are correct but there does exist a Federal Law on intrastate firearm transport which I cite here:

FEDERAL LAW ON TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS
Yes, that protects you as long as you are moving through the state. Stop overnight - even in an emergency - and good luck.

Also the last part you quoted is true. In some places it's an affirmative defense. Great. You get to tell the judge all about the federal law you were abiding by AFTER you've been arrested, put in jail, hired a lawyer, and otherwise have put your life in complete disarray.

Bottom line, treatment of firearms from state to state is a complete joke.
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