ROAD TRIPS with Guns
We are well into hunting season and the holidays are almost here. A lot of people will be on the road with firearms in their vehicles. There are a couple of things we need to ask ourselves when we travel with guns: Will I be travelling to, or through places where guns are prohibited or where transportation and storage laws are different from home? How do I store a firearm safely in my vehicle?
The answers can vary from one state to another and from, one county or municipality to another. For example, according to the Safe Passage Provision of the Federal Firearms Owners Protection Act (FFOPA) 18 U.S.C (the Safe Passage provision) a gun owner who is in legal possession of a firearm in their home state can transport a firearm across state lines for lawful purposes, as long as they comply with the requirements of the FFOPA. First, a person with a Colorado concealed carry permit can drive through a state that is not gun-friendly as long as the firearm is unloaded and locked in the trunk or a locked container that is out of reach or not readily accessible from the passenger compartment. The ammunition must also be locked in the trunk or a container. Under the statute, the glove box and center console are specifically NOT ALLOWED for storing both guns and ammunition.
Second, the gun owner’s journey must start and end in states where the traveler’s possession of the firearm is legal. Safe-passage requires that the start and finish of the journey is legal.
The law requires that the gun owner must be traveling through the “not gun-friendly” state. If a person stops for too long, they are no longer considered under the law to be traveling.
For more information on this and lots of other Colorado and Federal gun laws, read “Colorado Gun Law – Armed and Educated” by Stanley Marks, Douglas Richards and Christopher Ferraro. The book can be purchased here at Shoot Indoors.