Many RV-ers prefer carrying guns when traveling for obvious security reasons. However, one has to consider the legal aspects before indulging in such a practice. Not only are there strict laws governing the possession of weapons, but also quite a number of variations in the rules from one state to another. The easiest thing to do is to follow the Gun Control Act of 1968. However, if you choose to ignore these norms as enforced by the National Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, you might land in deep trouble.
Let’s start with the good news. You are free to transport a gun across the US state borders, and as long as you maintain a peaceful journey, federal laws will never interfere. But here comes the difficult part. Many of the laws mentioned are very complicated and, if not followed, can attract serious penalties. You may have to pay heavy fines or end up in jail and you can potentially experience both.
Here is a quick overview:
Always carry proper firearm permit from your state
You can carry a rifle or a shotgun in your RV, but handguns and assault type weapons are not allowed
Do not carry firearms if you are RVing to the western and the north-eastern United States,along with Illinois and Canada. The authorities in these parts would not recognize your legal permit and might even put you behind the bars.
The bottom line is, if you are planning to take a gun along, familiarize yourself with the gun policy of the states you plan to visit. Nobody wants a legal complication, especially not when you are out having fun. Enjoy your motor home trip. If you are still looking to buy the right kind of RV, contact us today.