I was just reading uFu's post "Moving a Handgun", which is an interesting read. Thanks uFu!
And I got to thinking. In a couple of years I'll be retiring and will be spending about 3 to 5 years living in our 34' Airstream Travel Trailer, touring these great United States (lower 48). We intend to see every state. I intend to take along my Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) and my wife and I both carry + a 12ga in the trailer.
States like Ill, NJ, NY and even Oregon are unfriendly to Texas CHL holders. We do intend to stop in those states. The Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA) applies to persons transporting a firearm from one permitted state to another, but it seems that it would not apply to our case.
Is there any universal safe rule that RVrs can follow to be certain of abiding by the law in "unfriendly" states, while traveling or staying in RV parks? We intend to carry where allowed and store locked and unloaded in the RV where not allowed to carry. In some states, we will have to open carry (loaded or unloaded) due to non-reciprocity (Oregon, CA, etc.). In other states, we assume that we can just unload and keep the firearms in a locked storage area of the RV, but I don't want to be unintentionally breaking any laws.
So, this leaves me with three questions:
1) Are there any states (or Cities) where we simply cannot take our firearms while RVing?
2) Do any states have laws which grant 2A rights to their own citizens and deny the same rights to the citizens of other states (except for CCW)?
3) Am I generally legal if my firearm is contained in the trunk unloaded and in a locked case?
Edit: Note: www.handgunlaw.us
is vague on many issues related to RV use/storage. For example, in DC it states that any carry inside a vehicle is against the law. So does that mean that I cannot go through Washington, D.C. with a handgun unloaded and in a locked compartment inside the RV? Does that mean that I cannot stay in a RV park in D.C.? Also, some states consider that an RV is a vehicle, while others consider that it is my home, with all rights attendant to a home. Some states treat motorhomes differently than trailers. So, help please!!!!