FRED CAUSLEY: Traveling with a gun

FRED CAUSLEY: Traveling with a gun

When it comes to traveling with your firearm, never assume you know the pertinent rules, especially when visiting other states. If you like reading through endless “ifs,” “ands,” or “buts,” get online. You can do accurate research there – and grow old. Also, I don’t trust website managers to always have their public presentations up to date. Thus, I contact destination authorities directly. I will be vacationing with my family before long in the states of New Mexico and Arizona. Oklahoma concealed carry (CCW) citizens enjoy reciprocity with both of those states, so carrying concealed there is not a problem. Or is it? One of our destinations is Canyon de Chelly, a National Park. By benefit of my amazing personal timing, the U.S. government just made it legal for persons to protect themselves in our National Parks. Rules to carry there are basically what they are in most of the non-hinterlands, namely, don’t be a felon, don’t be a terrorist and have a license to carry. Rules about carrying into structures within said Parks are also the same: don’t do it. This also applies to state parks and even city jurisdictions. For instance, I can go out to the fairgrounds and carry my personal protection without concern – around the grounds to look at tractors, animals, etc. But if I wish to go inside to see exhibits, it’s back to the vehicle to ditch my firearm. Naturally, all the bad people who wish to do public harm will honor […]

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