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Posted: 07/15/20 01:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NatParkJunkie wrote:

I haven't carried a firearm because I do a lot of cross country traveling across multiple states. My current keep a can of bear spray and the fire extinguisher right in side the door of the camper, and carry bear spray on hikes when in bear country.

If I wanted to get licensed and start carrying a firearm, what are the legal requirements to travel through multiple different states after getting licensed my my home state?

I've never been someplace out in the wilderness where I felt unsafe. The one time that I did have some concerns about some other people was overnighting in a walmart parking lot in town, and decided to pack up and move away from that area immediately even though I was tired and really didn't want to drive anymore.
Actually, now that I think about it, I had a black bear sniffing around about a foot away from my tent in Glacier National Park back in my tent camping days. That's what convinced me into hard sided truck camping life.


If you get a Pennsylvania license to carry, here are the states that have reciprocity: https://handgunlaw.us/states/pennsylvania.pdf

You should also be familiar with the interstate transportation of firearms code: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/926A

And here is a good overall guide: https://www.defensivestrategies.org/firearms-the-law/interstate-transportation-of-firearms

There are many places you can legally travel with a gun. However, depending on your trip, it just won't (legally) be an option. For example, I go to Canada a lot. Not a chance in hell that I'm bringing a gun with me there. Their country, their laws. I do carry bear spray with me when I camp there. In all actuality, bear spray is fantastic, and arguable just as/more effective than a gun in most instances.

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Posted: 07/15/20 02:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nat park Junkie
If you want a carry license, a great place to start looking is USCCA
Their site is selling a membership, but the training button contains a lot of links to schools and licensed instructors.
And if you are not looking to concealed carry, but would like something for in the camper, consider a shotgun. a 20 gauge has mild recoil. but is still a very imposing to two legged varmints, and capable with the right loads on the 4 legged types. And every state allows them as standard hunting firearms. With a permit, you can even take them into Canada by getting a small game hunting license.

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covered wagon wrote:

When camping as the lone camper with miles of wilderness around, do you feel safer with a loaded firearm handy? Or is having the magazine ready to slide in a better option? Thank you for any thoughts. I need to learn as I start investing time/ money in gun safety. Please no politics. Thank you again


I just keep bear spray handy.

Bears don't care if you wave an empty gun at them.


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Posted: 07/15/20 03:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm on the fence about getting a pistol, having tried to obtain a license in a "may issue" state. I wonder if being in possession of a loaded pistol 24/7/365 might be introducing more risk into my life, not less. I have taken some training and have a concealed carry permit but just can't "pull the trigger" on a handgun. I did have one occasion to need a pistol when I was assaulted, but wasn't living in a free state at the time so was unarmed.

Now I can and will always have my loaded 12ga pump in the truck, though. BTW not a believer in having an empty chamber - it's a waste of time and easy way to get yourself killed.


If I had grown up as an LEO and more accustomed to full time carrying, no doubt I would be doing that.

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Trekkar wrote:

What is a wheel gun?


Revolver


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I worked in SE Alaska for 2 years. We saw bears every day. One the first trip I carried a Ruger SBH in .44 mag. Once I met some coastal brownies at close range, I carried a rifle.

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specta wrote:

A1ARealtorRick wrote:

Get some bear spray on Amazon [emoticon]


That's how you identify bear scat.

Smells like pepper and has tiny bells in it. LOL


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My firearms are always carried in a "ready state"


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Wonderful response. I thank you all as there is a lot to think about based on all your thoughts.

I camp in National forest lands just off remote gravel dirt roads. I find the most beautiful areas where very small towns are 10-20 miles and big cities are hundreds of miles. I like the oregon outback, North eastern California outback and remote areas of Nevada for prospecting dry creek beds and canyons. I like feeling a sense of responsibility safety and security more than a sense of what may or could happen someday. I'm always alone for a few days while I take my time prospecting and traveling south to meet a group of friends in the eastern Sierras. Same on the way home north, I may take another few days prospecting along the way. I am alone these days without my wife as she is not able to take long road trips any longer.

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Freep wrote:



I just keep bear spray handy.

Bears don't care if you wave an empty gun at them.


Me too. I have 2 cans of spray near the door of my camper. I did a look of shooting years ago and would never, ever leave a gun loaded. The worst thing you can do is to partially wake up in the middle of the night and grab a loaded gun before your brain starts to work.

At short range outside of being in a windstorm, bird spray is highly effective. I think it would stop a charging herd of elephants.

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