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Thread: Iowa's Surrounding States & Transporting Firearms

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    I live in central Iowa and have a permit to carry in this state. My permit is valid in Missouri, and I'm almost certain that if I unload and lock my revolver I can take it into South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska without any problems. Does anyone know if Wisconsin and Illinois, and I'd be curious to know about Kansas, have any regulations that would make it illegal for me to store my gun and drive into their state? Thanks!

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    Federal law allows you to transport your guns in your vehicle as long as it is unloaded and in a locked case and separated from the ammunition, and if you don't make any unnecessary stops between your starting location and your end location.

    If you're going to spend any amount of time in Illinois on foot, you may have to get a FOID (firearms owner identification card) or the non-resident equivalent. And don't even think of taking your revolver through Cook County - if you get caught with it there, it's game over.

    Nebraska has a handgun registration/licensing thing as well. Don't know if non-residents are exempt, though.

    Anywhere else, you can generally have your gun in your vehicle if it's unloaded and in a locked case.

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    Remember, too, that the interstate transport of firearms law permits transport from a place you're legal to a place you're legal.

    It has been held in some circles that this does not include a stop (such as for a visit, not just for an overnight stay due to distance driven) in a state where ownership is illegal.

    IANAL, nor have I searched for any case law on it.
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