Several blog readers have been asking me about the legalities of taking guns to New England when they go to Vermont for Escapade this summer. I think Vermont is pretty easy to get along with, but some of the other states in the region, like Massachusetts and New York, are not all that welcoming to travelers with guns.
There is a lot of debate about what is and isn’t legal if your RV is your home, as compared to transporting a firearm in a car, and I’m not even going to try to get into that here. If you get stopped in your RV and you have firearms, you might prevail in court, but it’s not going to be quick and it’s not going to be cheap.
Some people have talked about leaving their guns with a dealer in one of the more gun friendly states before they go to New England, but there can be a hidden problem there. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, anytime a gun dealer takes a firearm into his shop, it has to be recorded in his book. And when that gun leaves the shop, that also has to be recorded.
This can be problematic, especially with handguns. Let’s say you leave your handgun with a gun dealer in Pennsylvania and then go to pick it up on your way back. Unless you are from Pennsylvania, you cannot legally take possession of a handgun from a dealer there. Even your own handgun! I just confirmed that with a friend of mine who owns a gun shop in Arizona.
Legally, the dealer holding your firearm would have to send it to another dealer in the state where you are domiciled, and you would have to go there to retrieve it. That could create a lot of hassle and expense. It might be better to leave your firearms with a friend or family member, or even rent a small storage locker for the time you’ll be in New England. Or, you could just hide them real well and hope nothing happens. Now, in reality, we have been to New England two or three times over the years and it’s never been an issue. But it only takes once.
Yes, you might be able to find a gun shop or pawn shop that is willing to skirt around the law and not do the paperwork. Personally, I’m not sure I’d want to leave my valuable firearms with someone who is willing to break the law for a stranger for a few bucks. What guarantee do I have that I’d get them back at all?
This problem with storage and legal retrieval can apply to RVers going to Canada or Mexico as well. It’s something to think about.
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Thought For the Day – It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin