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Old 02-01-2009, 02:59 PM   #1
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I'd like to know if any fulltimers here have firearms and if so, how they handle them, given that many states have differing laws. Do you store in the camper or the tow vehicle? How do you keep them secure? Thanks for the info!
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:11 PM   #2
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The RV Bookstore has a 2009 Firearms Laws for all 50 states book for $13.95. A must have if you intend to take a concealed weapon across state lines. The Casita Club has a long thread on this subjest, Just ran across it today.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:54 PM   #3
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I'd like to know if any fulltimers here have firearms and if so, how they handle them, given that many states have differing laws. Do you store in the camper or the tow vehicle? How do you keep them secure? Thanks for the info!
Please everyone lets not make this issue a heated argument and i respect everyones view but this link should help with all the answers you need pamela.
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.... And of course the usual reminder that the gun laws here in Canada are very strict around bringing guns across the border - concealed or not.
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Please everyone lets not make this issue a heated argument and i respect everyones view but this link should help with all the answers you need pamela.
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Very good advice Joe----Thank you
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:52 PM   #6
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What I did was carry a small shotgun that I could register as a long gun (not a restricted handgun) when going into Canada and buying a firearms permit.

I carried it in the trailer, because that is my home here in the US and is generally subject to greater search restrictions that my automobile.

I did NOT carry a handgun as there are just too many ways to get into trouble with one in other states and, of course, foreign countries. In fact, I didn't even carry any ammo except for the firearm on hand because customs are likely to search and really strip one down if some 9mm ammo was found in with the shotgun shells. Some of these border guys seem to have competitions going as to who can confiscate the most weapons, esp the Pac NW guys checking Americans getting off ferries and heading for Alaska.

I suspect that a couple of good cans of marked bear spray would be even more effective in use and a lot less likely to cause legal problems than bullet launchers.
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Thanks for the info everybody! I'll need to look for that book and read the thread on the Casita forum.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:38 AM   #8
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A “NON-Resident” can get a Florida Concealed carry permit that is valid in more than ½ of the States in the USA. The BOOK that is mentioned is a MUST if you are going to move a firearm across state lines. Some states may not allow you to do that.

Pete has the best idea of carrying a small shotgun as it is more likely to keep you out of trouble and you can take it into Canada provided you answer the questions correctly and purchase the permit.

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....."I suspect that a couple of good cans of marked bear spray would be even more effective in use and a lot less likely to cause legal problems than bullet launchers."
Pete, I could be mistaken (like THAT's never happened before??) but I belive the thoughts by law enforcement officers up here in Canada feel that "....anything (this includes bear spray??) that you have in your posession for DEFENSE purposes could be (forceably) taken from you and either used on you or some other party as an OFFENSIVE weapon" and therefore not allowed.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:25 PM   #10
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I belive the thoughts by law enforcement officers up here in Canada feel that "....anything (this includes bear spray??) that you have in your posession for DEFENSE purposes could be (forceably) taken from you and either used on you or some other party as an OFFENSIVE weapon" and therefore not allowed.
When I was boating in Canada we carried bear spray specifically because it was legal whereas "human" pepper spray was not (we purchased it in Canada). We did sail across the border into the US and back into Canada with it, with no problems.

When I've crossed the border from the US into Canada by road, they have asked me about weapons or pepper spray, but never about my toolbox full of things that could be used as weapons (screwdrivers, hammers, tire-irons, etc.) Luckily, as I'd hate to not be able to carry that with me!

The first time (pre-Internet) that I crossed with pepper spray I was not aware that it was illegal in Canada, so they confiscated it (fair enough). I've never crossed the border in a car with bear spray aboard.

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I don't want to be a renegade or anything, but I plan on keeping mine hidden but "handy". My grandfather was a police officer and safety comes first, I will be alone on the road full time. The way I see it, if you don't do anything (including crossing the border to Canada) to give Law Enforcement a reason to search (which is most definately my plan), then I won't have a problem. I am not advocating for anyone else to take my advice and I have the book on the laws already (haven't read it yet, haven't hit the road yet either), but IMO, I would rather be safe and responsible than unsafe. I did, about 15 yrs ago, bring the same firearm from VA to CA under my seat and had no problems. Once again, I will be alone, so I am most worried about my safety. I will check out the laws and comply as much as possible, without surrendering my firearm at any time. This is the risk I am willing to take, NOT advocating in any way!! I hope all have save journeys and I am looking forward to being on the road with you all within a very short time as I officially retired Friday, waiting on my Pension Funds to come through to join you all. Happy and safe traveling and towing!!

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As a Canadian we do not have the same rights to bear arms as do Americans so I always find these forum discussions interesting. My father was American and used guns all his life until he moved to Canada so I understand that they are more a part of life in the USA then here.

There is a thread on security on this forum - I believe it pokes up quite often - and there was one post I thought was outstanding. It was by an ex police officer from the USA. His basic stance was you should not carry firearms or other weapons for protection unless you are 100% sure you will have the capacity to use them when the time comes - otherwise that weapon may be taken and used against you. I had never thought about it that way but of course it is logically.

So in the end you always have to decide 'Do I have the discipline to use a firearm correctly and forcible in a time of crisis?'
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Be careful -- We are drifting from How to Carry Firearms to Should We Carry Firearms, the contentious part that gets us in trouble.

I should have mentioned that in regard to Canada, do NOT mention defense against humans with regard to any thing that might conceivably be used as a weapon -- Pepper spray itself is considered defensive UNLESS it is marked BEAR SPRAY, in which case it is presumed to be OK.

However, Canadian law also makes it clear that if a non-restricted item, like bear spray, becomes used in a human situation, it is upgraded to a restricted item and upgrades the crime -- Example of this might be a flare launcher for a boat -- A safety device or a restricted firearm, depending on the use.

I suggest that anyone planning to carry restricted firearms in foreign countries (or states like NY or MA, for that matter) give some serious reconsideration to that plan -- In Mexico, you will do jail time under unpleasant circumstances; in Canada you might not get jail first time, but highly subject to losing weapon, truck and trailer, plus be persona non gratis after that. Second Amendment rights stop at the borders to the countries or the states.

"Getting away with it" time doesn't really count for much; it's the one time you don't that resets the meter to zero. In nine years on the road, I could have been carrying a case of hand grenades and another of submachine guns in the rear of my truck and gotten away with it (altho I did have CA Customs checking inside my Scamp and under my front seat) but that doesn't make it smart.

My understanding is that the Canadian border people have access to many US data bases, including NCIC and CCW, so if one has a CCW or have had a background check, one may pop up on a list to be pulled aside for detailed checking, just as they check for felony backgrounds by random pullouts -- They can be very aggressive in this regard -- I recall two lady friends of mine being questioned for a long time on ferry crossing Back East regarding pepper spray and personal protection -- It's their border and they can manage it as they choose.
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I'd like to know if any fulltimers here have firearms and if so, how they handle them, given that many states have differing laws. Do you store in the camper or the tow vehicle? How do you keep them secure? Thanks for the info!
I carry in my home state only, where I have a concealed carry license, and shoot in excess of 1000 rounds a year, I carry bear spray else where, in lower 48.
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