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    Important question...hard answer to find!

    I guess I should first introduce myself! I'm Geoff, born and (pretty much raised) in Sterling/Herndon VA and an active open-carrier. Now for my question!

    I live in VA and own a Ruger SR-9 pistol, however this weekend I will be driving to North Carolina (Greensboro and Stokesdale) and was curious, since I am not a Virginia CHP holder, am I able to transport my firearm with me, legally.

    Any statutes, regulations, info provided would be greatly appreciated. I want to feel safe on my trip, and it's hard to leave the house without it!

    Great site, and look forward to hearing from all of you. Thanks!

    Respectfully,

    Geoff

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    The basic answer is "Yes".

    NC is an open-carry state. Their rules are quite a bit different from Virginia's.

    Go to the NC Forum and to www.handgunlaw.us and do some research. It is NOT that difficult to figure out what you will need to know.

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    You do get bonus points for not calling the CHP a CCW or "license" or the like.

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    Thanks, figured as much. I did read some stuff from another site regarding NC's laws (or lackthereof) and it was a bit unclear on the interchangeability of states when no permit is being held. I'll keep looking, and yes I've been a VCDL member for a couple years now.

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    Having a permit does matter, because certain states recognize other states permits, which is why it was mentioned. I am not passing through, I am driving and staying for a week, but if I'm caught with a firearm in my possession in a state I don't live, I don't want to be arrested.

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    If you legally can own a firearm in VA, you may bring it to NC. Our requirements for possession are nearly identical.

    Transport is a little tricky though, without a permit.

    You MAY transport it per FOPA regs (unloaded, locked in a container or compartment inaccessible from the passenger compartment--like your trunk).

    You may also legally transport a handgun LOADED if it in PLAIN VIEW. That means, NOT in a holster on your hip. Most people without permits will place their handgun on the passenger seat, ir attach a holster to the lab-belt on the passenger seat and put the gun in that holster (the belt makes it more secure, and prevents it from sliding around).

    If you do a lot of interstate travel, I'd suggest getting your permit. VA and NC have reciprocity. Actually, VA permits are good in most of the same states that NC are good in, so it gives you a LOT of coverage in the mid-Atlantic region. (Not DC or MD though)
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    Thanks Dreamer. Now I was reading some things stating it should be out of reach (I think this was a letter from the attorney general) which would keep me from having it in my passenger seat, in plain view. I'm not sure how old this information was, which is why I'm looking in several places trying to put all the pieces together. I think that risking my safety is more important than risking my freedom, and I will be bringing it with me on my trip.

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    Have you tried here? It states that for an unlicensed traveller, the vehicle carry of a loaded gun must be:

    VA: in glove box or clearly visible

    NC: clearly visible

    Thus, sounds like "clearly visible" is the dual winner. I'd follow the links to each state's statutes to be certain, though.
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