Traveler's Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States


Answers to commonly asked questions:

  • ★ Which states allow me to carry a “loaded” firearm in the passenger compartment of my vehicle?
  • ★ Which states allow me to carry a concealed firearm with or without a license to carry?
  • ★ Which states honor my permit to carry a concealed firearm?
  • ★ Which states allow carry in restaurants serving alcohol?
  • ★ Which states’ laws allow open carry of a firearm while on foot?
  • ★ Which states prohibit the mere possession of a handgun while in a vehicle?
  • ★ In which states is it better to carry a rifle or shotgun for personal protection?
  • ★ Which states prevent localities from regulating firearms carry?
  • ★ Which states require permittees to declare their status to Law Enforcement?
  • ★ How can I legally possess firearms in National Parks and Forests?
  • ★ Which states allow me to carry a firearm in their state parks?
  • ★ How can I transport firearms on commercial airline, cruise ships & trains?
  • ★ How can I transport firearms through a state that prohibits any gun possession?
  • ★ How do I carry a firearm if I am an active duty or retired law enforcement officer?
  • ★ How do I carry a handgun on a motorcycle?
  • ★ Which states guarantee my right to self-defense in their statutes?
  • ★ Which states allow vehicle carry on university and college campuses?
  • ★ Which states allow vehicle carry on k-12 school grounds?
  • ★ Which states allow weapons other than handguns to be carried under the authority of a permit?
  • ★ What are the rules for gun possession in hotels?
  • ★ What are the rules for ammunition possession in each state?
  • ★ What are the rules for gun carry in Airport terminals?
  • ★ What are the rules for gun carry when “boondocking” in an RV?
  • ★ What are the rules for gun carry at highway rest areas?
  • ★ What are the rules for gun carry on specific Indian Reservations?


Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, few Americans feel comfortable traveling without some form of personal protection. Many opt to carry a firearm simply because it is the best, most effective, weapon for one person to wield in self-defense. But each state’s laws regarding firearms possession and carry are radically different. While certain states allow a loaded handgun to be carried in the glove compartment, other states prohibit such carry and penalize it as a felony. Some even go as far as to make an unloaded handgun locked in the trunk illegal.

Travelers who carry firearms on a regular basis know full well the variant nature of this situation. A routine traffic stop for a speeding violation could turn into a nightmare journey through the criminal justice system if the traveler isn’t aware of the proper way to carry or transport his firearms in a vehicle. Attorney J. Scott Kappas uses case law and statutory authority to render plain English advice as to how a traveler should carry firearms while visiting the many states of our great nation.

Noted author, psychologist and certified firearms instructor, Dr. Bruce Eimer, stated, Anyone who carries a concealed firearm and who travels, should keep this guide with them all the time. Use this guide to refresh yourself on the gun laws and restrictions of any state you expect to pass through. This book could keep you out of jail. I recommend it to all of my concealed carry students.

Kappas’ book is not simply a restatement of the statutes. It is an easily readable narrative designed to unlock the complexities of state firearm laws. One million readers agree, the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States is indispensable for staying on the road and out of jail !

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