Read This Before Moving Your Gun Safe to Another State
As a responsible gun owner, you must ensure that you have a permit for your gun safe and its contents. This is also true when transporting these things across state lines. Here are the things that you should know about it.
Get To Know The Basics of Federal Law
Under the FOPA, a person transporting firearms for lawful purpose is protected by law from local restrictions that would otherwise prohibit it.
Keep in mind that the law explicitly states that the person can transport firearms from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry it to any place where he may also lawfully possess and carry it.
But there are also people who cannot transport gun safes with guns across state lines. These include:
- Convicted felons
- Persons subject to certain domestic violence-related restraining orders
- Persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes involving domestic violence;
- Illegal drug users
- Most non-immigrant aliens
- Illegal aliens
- Adjudicated mental defectives
- Persons under indictment for felony crimes
- dishonorably discharged veterans
- Persons who have renounced their U.S. citizenship
- Fugitives from justice
There are no federal permits needed for the interstate transportation of firearms. In fact, there are none available. You can transport your guns from Nebraska to Colorado without getting permits. The assumptions here are that you:
- Followed the abovementioned general rules about gun storage in vehicles
- Don’t belong to one of the abovementioned classifications of persons who cannot legally transport guns across state lines
Indeed, we live in a country where gun transport appear as easy as can be!
Slippery Slope in The Laws
But it’s not as easy as it looks! Gun owners often encounter a slippery slope in gun laws enforcement. What branch of government has the ultimate jurisdiction – federal, state or local? You will find that there are no uniform rules and regulations!
By virtue of Printz versus the United States (1997), the states aren’t legally obligated to follow and enforce the federal government’s gun laws. This means that the state and local laws can take precedence over federal law!
Plus, some states adopt the principle of pre-emption. This means that firearms regulations are only governed by the laws of the particular state. These states also allow their local jurisdictions to pass highly restrictive laws.
The result: The federal government may allow transportation of guns in gunsafes across state lines without formal permits aside from the firearms license. But the state and local laws will likely say otherwise.
There are a few things to consider when transporting guns with or without a gunsafe. First, remember the Safe Passage Provision in FOPA.
Basically, a gun owner is protected by the stricter gun control laws in an area for as long as he’s just passing though it on his way to his final destination. The term “passing through” can include stopping to eat or refuel.
Second, majority of the state accept a Shall-Issue jurisdiction. This means that a person meets the reasonable criteria for gun ownership. The option to get a license for a concealed weapon is present.
In May-Issue states, such as e New York and California, the law demands a permit to carry. The approval of the permit depends on the discretion of the local authorities.
The gun control laws change over time. You should then keep abreast of these changes so that you can comply with their requirements. You want to be a responsible gun owner and it starts with getting the necessary permits.
When in doubt, you should always ask your lawyer and the local authorities. You shouldn’t take chances about carrying and transporting guns because of the risks of imprisonment.