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Law Shield: ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ Special Report

Law Shield Behind Enemy Lines

U.S. Law Shield and Texas Law Shield President Kirk Evans is worried that new laws recently passed in gun-hostile states could land traveling gun owners in hot water this summer.

Law Shield Behind Enemy LinesHe said, “Our concern is, these measures will invariably ensnare people who don’t live in the state, but who make life-ruining mistakes of passing through with perfectly legal firearms in their home states.” Example: The New Jersey Senate recently passed a bill banning detachable magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and bans .22 rifles with fixed magazines larger than 10 rounds. The bill has several more hurdles to overcome before it becomes law, including a signature by Gov. Chris Christie, but it’s just the latest example of how such onerous gun laws can affect innocent travelers, says Evans.

He said, “That’s what makes our new free publication, ‘Behind Enemy Lines, A Guide to Traveling through Firearms-Hostile States’” so important.

He said, “The free report covers the nuances of the federal Firearm Owners Protection Act — but also makes gun owners aware of legal traps they can run into even if they follow federal law.” Click here to download the free report.

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Comments (14)

  1. My lovely bride (42 yrs.) and I are planning a trip fro Fl to Md and DC this summer. As I always have some sort of firearm with me, what are the laws for having loaded guns in your vehicle? I have my CCP from Fl but would not dream of carrying in those states.

    Is it legal to have a loaded handgun inside the van?

    1. Laws are changing all the time. The usually keeps up-to-date. I’m afraid that DC and MD are not friendly to ANY guns anywhere. Toll booth cameras before the I-95 Harbor Tunnel (north of Baltimore), actually cross-check your license with databases to see if you’ve ever purchased gins/ammo and they arrest.

    2. What data base is there for ammo (other than the NSA’s snooping)?? As far as gins are concerned; one must be at least 21 to purchase, the only database that comes to mind for that would be DUI records… A number of states require hand guns be registered not long guns, yet that is changing too… So if there is not “supposed” to be a permanent record of NCIS checks, what database is Md. using to snag “gun totin’ motorists??

    3. Explain other than CCL lists, how would they have a database of purchases if the ATF doesn’t compile one?
      I have a CCL buddy that got pulled for scrutiny and they really went after him about guns and ammo, which he didn’t have with him.
      Please explain where this so called database comes from. And how do they arrest just because you bought one at some point?

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    5. It is not legal to have a loaded weapon in DC, in fact you can’t have one with you or in your car, period. Dc is very restrictive. MD isn’t much better. There are ways to travel through MD with a firearm but staying in the state is trickier. MD also has an approved list for handguns so make sure whatever’s in the van is on the list. I suspect the only way you’re going to be able to have a pistol in your vehicle is to have it locked up seperate from the ammunition. It’s stupid, but it’s MD. Fwiw I live across the river in VA and we all just avoid DC and MD and when I have to travel through MD to PA I have to jump through hoops to make sure I’m compliant before I get to MD.

    6. Although Maryland has laws specific to staying within the state, they cannot trump federals laws if you are passing through the state. Lock it up in the trunk and keep the ammo separated and you’ll be just fine – regardless of the type of firearms (as long as it’s legal under federal guidelines). Personally, I live in a bordering state and go out of my way – WAY out of my way, to avoid driving through and spending a dime in Maryland. Any state that tramples their citizen’s rights like Maryland does, won’t get a dime of my US currency.

    7. No. Either place. Or an unloaded gun. Do not take any firearm to either jurisdiction.

      In D.C. it is illegal to have an empty shell casing from your firearm.

    8. Took the family to DC recently and HATED the experience of being in a crime-ridden, urban area without a firearm.

  2. I stopped risking travel to foreign regions long ago. It’s just not worth it to wind up in jail like that one Marine in Mexico. You can’t force the Second Amendment on non-American regions because their third world politics completely ignores the U.S. Constitution. It’s a treaty violation, I know; but no one there cares to enforce it, so it’s better to just stay away.

  3. What I am curious about is what are the laws regarding traveling across state lines with forearms … ???

    1. It is legal in all 50 states to travel anywhere in those states with your forearms. Just in case you mean : firearms, then you have to check the codes for each state. In General, what’s legal in one state is often not legal in another state.

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