Traveling to/thru other states

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Traveling to/thru other states

Postby rssecurity » Sun May 14, 2017 10:20 pm

Later this summer, I'll be on the road, and passing through several other states. I'd appreciate it if anyone is familiar with the states below and can share with me some quick pointers.

I've checked and all them seem to honor my TX LTC (and I'm over 21). I know I'll have to obey the state's laws that I'm in, and I'm trying to figure them all out. From what I've found so far, most of the restrictions won't affect me. For several, I'm just driving through. Might stop at gas stations and restaurants, maybe a grocery store (cheaper than gas stations general for many items, and the bathrooms are usually cleaner), and in a few, a hotel. So for most of them, the more common restrictions, such no carry in police stations, schools, courts, churches, bars (I don't drink), demonstrations, etc. won't apply. Hopefully hospitals won't be something I have to worry about.

What I am worried about is signs. The info I've found is confusing as to what form and are they legally binding. Texas, at least, is quite specific about them.

Here are the states:

Alabama (probable hotel stay)
Georgia
Louisiana
Mississippi
North Carolina (maybe hotel stay)
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia (see more details below)

Finally, in Virginia, I hope to have to time visit a few sites while I'm there, Lurray Caverns, Colonial Williamsburg, and maybe Ginter Gardens, as well as stay in hotels.

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Re: Traveling to/thru other states

Postby The Annoyed Man » Sun May 14, 2017 10:23 pm

http://www.handgunlaw.us

Everything you need to know is there. Do your homework. :mrgreen:
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Re: Traveling to/thru other states

Postby rssecurity » Sun May 14, 2017 10:57 pm

Been there. Some of the confusion comes from that site (which is the best in general I've found so far). Take Louisiana for example:

Do “No Gun Signs” Have the Force of Law?
“YES”


What do those signs look like? Can they be gun buster signs or do they have to say "No Guns" or something else? Do they have any particular format and size (as Texas signs do)?

Alabama:

Do “No Gun Signs” Have the Force of Law? Unsure at This Time!


Same questions as above, but the "Unsure" really blurs things. I supposed I can CC (which I would do anyway) and hope that the [legally] correct answer is no and it doesn't become an issue, but hope is poor battle plan.

Ditto for most of the other states. Hence my asking here. Reading is one thing. Being there is another.

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Re: Traveling to/thru other states

Postby twomillenium » Sun May 14, 2017 11:31 pm

When traveling to Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas or Missouri, (I do this yearly) I treat all "no gun", gun buster as having force of law. Not really that many just pay attention at fast food places and gas stations. Mississippi have a specific sign for licensed carry and it includes all types of carry. Research it and print it. I have never had any problems, but I do carry concealed and try to remember to behave like the old saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans".
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Re: Traveling to/thru other states

Postby cbunt1 » Mon May 15, 2017 3:59 am

As TAM mentioned, handgunlaw is your friend. I've found it to be the best reference out there, and they present the information in a consistent format. I like to keep the PDF files on my phone to have as I prepare to pass through various states.

For the most part (in layman's terms) the states you've mentioned are pretty much like Texas. Main things you need to be aware of is duty to notify and unique off-limits places.

Virginia used to have some strange/ambiguous laws around carrying in restaurants that serve alcohol, Tennessee has a zero-tolerance carry-under-the-influence (in exchange for no statewide prohibition on carry in bars), and North Carolina lists banks as off-limits (off the top of my head) -- but I haven't checked into any of them besides Tennessee in a few years.

Without going into a long-winded soapbox session, what Handgunlaw is referring to as "force of law" for no guns signs is more-or-less a 'special statute' that puts carrying past a sign into criminal trespass rather than simple trespass. When they say it has no force of law, I *think* they're referring to the act of carrying a gun past a no-guns sign as having the same weight as carrying a cup of coffee past a "no food or drinks" sign...so no special aggravating charge. But I am not a lawyer.
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Re: Traveling to/thru other states

Postby tk1700 » Mon May 15, 2017 6:15 am

I travel out of TX often and use the previously mentioned Handgunlawus site. I also have a CCW app on my phone that pretty much mirrors the Handgunlawus info. I have had it about 4 years now. The app updates regularly and has links to each states laws and info. It is very user friendly and also has a companion app for prohibited places, similar to our 3006.com. You can search a city and see what businesses are posted with good accuracy. It is 1.99 and the only app I have ever paid for. Well worth it in my opinion. Here is the link for Android, not sure if iPhone has it:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ryan.ccw

Good luck and safe travels!


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Re: Traveling to/thru other states

Postby rssecurity » Tue May 16, 2017 10:12 pm

When traveling to Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas or Missouri, (I do this yearly) I treat all "no gun", gun buster as having force of law. Not really that many just pay attention at fast food places and gas stations. Mississippi have a specific sign for licensed carry and it includes all types of carry. Research it and print it.


Thank you. This is the kind of info I'm looking for.


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