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    How about a "Vehicle Carry" map for the maps page?

    Creating a map of state laws on vehicle carry can be complex, because there are so many variations and restrictions, not to mention case law, that are unique to each state. But, it wouldn't hurt to have a map that gives a general overview of the situation.

    I propose a map that covers the law for exactly one thing: possession within a vehicle of a handgun that is loaded and accessible for use. Any state that restricts car carry to unloaded, or locked in a case, would be the same as no carry at all.

    Here are the three broad categories:
    • No license required

    • License required

    • No legal car carry


    I took my information from handgunlaw.us, and it's likely that I missed something. I didn't include age requirements, which vary. If anyone cares to look over my list and make corrections or suggestion, feel free.

    1. No license required
    Alaska (Must inform police if stopped for an official purpose)
    Arizona
    Colorado
    Florida (Must be "cased", but this includes a glove compartment or console)
    Georgia (Own vehicle only, or with owner's permission)
    Idaho (License required inside any city limits)
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nevada
    New Mexico
    South Carolina (Must be concealed in a compartment)
    Texas (Concealed only)
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia (Concealed in a compartment)
    West Virginia (Some debate about non-residents)
    Wisconsin (1,000 foot gun free school zones for non-licensees)
    Wyoming (Off-body only without a license)

    2. License required
    Alabama
    Arkansas (Effectively, despite their journey law)
    California
    Connecticut
    Delaware (License not required for Open Carry)
    Hawaii (Good luck with that one)
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Kansas
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Nebraska (License not required for Open Carry)
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New York
    North Carolina (License not required for Open Carry)
    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Washington

    3. No legal car carry
    District of Columbia
    Illinois

    Thanks for taking a look and making suggestions.
    Last edited by KBCraig; 09-02-2012 at 09:10 PM. Reason: Added Iowa

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    Re: How about a "Vehicle Carry" map for the maps page?

    Quote Originally Posted by KBCraig View Post
    Creating a map of state laws on vehicle carry can be complex, because there are so many variations and restrictions, not to mention case law, that are unique to each state. But, it wouldn't hurt to have a map that gives a general overview of the situation.

    I propose a map that covers the law for exactly one thing: possession within a vehicle of a handgun that is loaded and accessible for use. Any state that restricts car carry to unloaded, or locked in a case, would be the same as no carry at all.

    Here are the three broad categories:
    • No license required

    • License required

    • No legal car carry


    I took my information from handgunlaw.us, and it's likely that I missed something. I didn't include age requirements, which vary. If anyone cares to look over my list and make corrections or suggestion, feel free.

    1. No license required
    Alaska (Must inform police if stopped for an official purpose)
    Arizona
    Colorado
    Florida (Must be "cased", but this includes a glove compartment or console)
    Georgia (Own vehicle only, or with owner's permission)
    Idaho (License required inside any city limits)
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nevada
    New Mexico
    South Carolina (Must be concealed in a compartment)
    Texas (Concealed only)
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia (Concealed in a compartment)
    West Virginia (Some debate about non-residents)
    Wisconsin (1,000 foot gun free school zones for non-licensees)
    Wyoming (Off-body only)

    2. License required
    Alabama
    Arkansas (Effectively, despite their journey law)
    California
    Connecticut
    Delaware (License not required for Open Carry)
    Hawaii (Good luck with that one)
    Indiana
    Kansas
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Nebraska (License not required for Open Carry)
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New York
    North Carolina (License not required for Open Carry)
    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Washington

    3. No legal car carry
    District of Columbia
    Illinois

    Thanks for taking a look and making suggestions.
    No license required in PA for open carry

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    Wyoming would only require a permit for vehicle carry if it was concealed on your person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjcea View Post
    No license required in PA for open carry

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    There is a requirement for the license if you are in vehicle with a holstered pistol.
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    then it is just another wasted day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjcea View Post
    No license required in PA for open carry
    This is not about open carry. This is vehicle carry, which does require a license in PA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatieA View Post
    Wyoming would only require a permit for vehicle carry if it was concealed on your person.
    Yes, that's why I listed it this way: "Wyoming (Off-body only)"

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    In Idaho you only need a license to carry a gun in a vehicle if you have it on or about his person. If the gun is in plain view you don't need a license to carry it in your vehicle weather it be unloaded or loaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Gardner View Post
    In Idaho you only need a license to carry a gun in a vehicle if you have it on or about his person. If the gun is in plain view you don't need a license to carry it in your vehicle weather it be unloaded or loaded.
    Thanks. Here's the cite from handgunlaw.us that I relied on:

    18-3302.
    (9) While in any motor vehicle, inside the limits or confines of any city, a person shall not carry a concealed weapon on or about his person without a license to carry a concealed weapon. This shall not apply to any firearm located in plain view whether it is loaded or unloaded. A firearm may be concealed legally in a motor vehicle so long as the weapon is disassembled or unloaded.

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    Re: How about a "Vehicle Carry" map for the maps page?

    This might be tricky for states like Wisconsin that don't really define what constitutes "plain view". In fact, WI doesn't require "plain view" as part of our transport law - only that the handgun not be concealed or hidden AND within reach. Most would read that as plain view.

    To further complicate matters, that's only for handguns. The transport laws for long guns is different.

    If you don't have a WI CCL (or one recognized by WI) your safest course of action if you don't want to become a test case would be to travel through WI unloaded and encased and out of reach.

    That being said, I know plenty of people in WI (myself included) that take or took their chances.

    Until the WI Supreme Court decides State v Walls no longer applies, you could be playing with fire.

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    Arizona should be amended: (Must inform police if stopped for an official purpose and asked if armed.)
    Also, the carrier must be 21 or older.
    Last edited by March Hare; 09-07-2012 at 04:15 PM. Reason: More info.
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