Traveling with Firearms

Domestic Travel

Traveling with a firearm requires advance research of the laws, rules or policies of every state along your route. First, verify that you are allowed to carry your self-defense firearm at your destination. If you can legally carry there, you’ll need to determine how to get your handgun there. We will cover some of the basics for the various forms of travel including:

Remember, these policies are subject to change, so verify with the carrier prior to each trip you make to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

It is also a good idea to have relevant documents when carrying a handgun while traveling.

  • Copies of your Concealed Carry Permit(s).
  • A copy of the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA).
  • Copies of 18 USC § 926A.
  • Printed reciprocity map(s) showing the states that have reciprocity with yours.
  • Any documents proving that you legally own the firearms you are transporting.

Hotel/Motel Stays

Will you be staying at a hotel and wondering if you’re allowed to carry or have your firearm in your room? Check out our Handguns at Hotels page.

International Travel

Are you planning to travel internationally? See our International Travel page.

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