Guns And New England

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 242016

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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  6 Responses to “Guns And New England”

  1. What about a short term rental of a Bank “Security Lock- Box” ? Much better than a pawn shop.

  2. I just wonder how many RVers have ever been pulled over and had their rigs searched for weapons?

  3. Probably very few. But in a routine traffic stop if a cop asks if you have one you are faced with either breaking the law by lying to him or admitting you do and having that hassle.

  4. I don’t own a gun but have been stopped twice once in Connecticut and once in NY and asked both times if I had one. We have Texas plates.

  5. I don’t believe there’s any law about owning gun parts
    If the receiver is in a locked inaccessible place ????


    In most states, firearms may be transported legally if they are unloaded, cased, and locked in the automobile trunk or otherwise inaccessible to the driver or any passenger.The exceptions to this rule apply mainly to transportation of handguns and so-called “assault weapons.” The myriad and conflicting legal requirements for firearm transportation through the states make caution the key for travelers.

    If you travel with a trailer or camper that is hauled by an automobile, it is advisable to transport the firearms unloaded, cased and locked in the trunk of the car. If your vehicle is of the type in which driving and living spaces are not separated, the problem becomes one of access. If the firearm is carried on or about the person, or placed in the camper where it is readily accessible to the driver or any passenger, state and local laws regarding concealed carrying of firearms may apply. It is recommended, therefore, that the firearm be transported unloaded, cased, and placed in a locked rear compartment of the camper or mobile home, where it is inaccessible to the driver or any passenger.

    Generally, a mobile home is considered a home if it is not attached to a towing vehicle, and is permanently attached to utilities, placed on blocks, or otherwise parked in such a manner that it cannot immediately be started up and used as a vehicle.

    Once you reach your destination, state and local law will govern the ownership, possession, and transportation of your firearms.
    MASSACHUSETTS—Massachusetts imposes harsh penalties on the mere possession and transport of firearms unrelated to criminal or violent conduct. Prospective travelers are urged to contact the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau at (617)660-4780 or the State Police at for further information.
    I would NOT overlook Washington and New York as well

    One other thing make damn sure you take off the NRA sticker(s) for your vehicles
    As well as the sticker that says this vehicle is protected by 357
    Had a friend tried to cross into the Canadian border that had that kind of sticker they about destroyed his truck because it couldn’t find a gun ( he thought having a sticker would be a good deterrent )theCanadians as well as the Mexicans don’t play games

  6. Think first
    most states when they run your license or your plate they already know if you have a concealed weapons permit under your vehicles owners name

    In some states, you are obligated by law to inform an officer that you have a weapon in the vehicle if you are pulled over. In other states, this obligation only extends to the circumstance in which the officer asks you if you have any weapons in the vehicle.
    Depending on whether or not you have a concealed carry license, some states require that your firearms be unloaded, locked up and out of reach of the driver. Some states say that the firearm must remain in plain sight, or remain hidden from public view.
    If you Carry and have a CCW you better know the law of the state that you’re in
    if you Carry and don’t have a CCW learn the law It will help C Y A

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