Updated for 2022: Traveler's Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States

You may be familiar with the laws in your state of residence, but what about when it’s time for the cross-country RV adventure?

by posted on February 25, 2022
Travelers Guide 2022

For better or worse, depending on in which state you reside, gun laws change year to year. And while you may be familiar with the laws in your state of residence, what do you know about neighboring states when it’s time for a family summer RV adventure or just to drive to a business meeting in a bordering state? The last thing you need to find out the hard way is that a law that wasn’t in place in 2021 could land you in jail in 2022.

Fortunately, as it has for the past 26 years, the deep research has been done for you. The annually updated edition of J. Scott Kappas’ "Traveler’s Guide to the Firearms Laws of the Fifty States" has America’s gun-toting travelers covered, with more than 100 updates since 2021, including new subheads in each state’s checklist detailing ammo-carry rules, and new online updates for conditional reciprocity states. Some of the questions that are answered include:

  • Which states allow me to carry a “loaded” firearm in the passenger compartment of my vehicle?
  • Which states allow me to carry a concealed firearm with or without a license to carry?
  • Which states honor my permit to carry a concealed firearm?
  • Which states allow carry in restaurants serving alcohol?
  • Which states’ laws allow open carry of a firearm while on foot?
  • Which states prohibit the mere possession of a handgun while in a vehicle?
  • Which states prevent localities from regulating firearms carry?
  • Which states require permittees to declare their status to Law Enforcement?
  • How can I legally possess firearms in National Parks and Forests?
  • Which states allow me to carry a firearm in their state parks?
  • How can I transport firearms on commercial airline, cruise ships & trains?
  • How can I transport firearms through a state that prohibits any gun possession?

As many avid hunters and travelers also visit the nation’s northern and southern neighbors, the 68-page "Traveler’s Guide" includes detailed information for trips to Canada and Mexico. The guide retails for $14.95 (including shipping), and can be purchased at gunlawguide.com.

Examples of individual state pages:




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