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Handguns at Hotels

If you’re legally allowed to carry a firearm with your concealed carry permit (CCW) or staying at a hotel in a permitless carry state, you should contact the individual hotel to inquire about it’s concealed carry policy. Many hotels don’t allow guests to bring a firearm, even those with a CCW, onto hotel property. Numerous hotels, including major chain hotels, are individually owned and operated, and each hotel develops its own policies and procedures. Some hotels require guests to surrender their firearms to the hotel security while on the premises, while others allow guests to bring their firearms onto the property but for storage purposes only. 

When storing a firearm in a hotel room, make sure your firearm is unloaded. Secure it in a locked, hard-sided container and safeguard it in your room or personal vehicle. It’s best not to leave your weapon in the room when you are not present due to the risk of theft. Be sure to review the USCCA state gun law and reciprocity map webpage to check the laws for the state(s) where you will staying to ensure you are abiding its laws regarding carrying or possessing firearms at hotels.

What About Hotel Bars?

Many hotels have a bar in the lobby where guests can order and consume alcoholic beverages. By simply walking through or sitting down in that bar area, you could be in violation of the law in many states. Other states ban concealed carry while either consuming alcohol or while under the influence. Be sure to review the USCCA state gun law and reciprocity map webpage to check the laws for the state(s) you will be traveling to or through to ensure you are abiding its laws regarding carrying in bars or restaurants that serve alcohol.


The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. members and the concealed carry community, and does not constitute legal advice. We make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. 

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