As summer and warmer weather FINALLY arrives, people will be heading out for their favorite activity, sports, vacations, etc. Please be careful if you have your everyday carry (EDC) with you so that your day isn't ruined.

1: Be sure that you have your permit(s) and a state issued photo ID with you.

2: Be very careful if you cross state lines. The laws can - and do - change dramatically in some states. Be SURE that the state(s) that you are going to honors your permit. Here is a quick REFERENCE link. It is a guide, so do NOT count on it as absolute legal advice.

3: If you are travelling, be sure that you are familiar with 18 U.S. Code § 926A - Interstate transportation of firearms. Here are some highlights:

Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

4: Even if you are in a reciprocal state that honors your permit, be sure to confirm the size of the magazine that is legal in that state. Some have a strict no more that 10 rounds limit. A magazine that holds more than 10 rounds is likely NOT legal - even if you only load 10 rounds.

5: Be diligent about securing your EDC at night, if you are away from your hotel where you can't carry, etc.

6: Call the state police of the state(s) that you are going to and ask them about the current laws based of your permits. Write down the date, time, name and number of where you called as well as their instructions. While it may not give you absolute protection, if you find yourself in court for a charged violation it will help show your effort and intent to be legal.

The bottom line - err on the side of caution.

Stay safe, and gave a great summer!


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