- Apr 3, 2019
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- Alaska (61.5°N, -149°W)
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Good advice. You can still bring your CCW permit with you, just don't expect that it will be honored in States like California, or most of the New England States.For all that have a concealed carry permit, how to handle it outside of your own state is pretty well known.
And that is don't do it, unless you know for a fact the other state has recripical rights. A license is only granted for the state in which it is issued, period. So have a CCW in Texas and go to California, do not take your CCW with you.
Every State has different laws concerning driving. In Alaska, for example, it is illegal to drive when there are five or more vehicles behind you. You are required by Alaska law to pull over and allow them to pass.And the same goes for driving. It does not matter if you come from a state where a U turn is legal, or turning right on a rad. Go to a state where it is not legal, expect a ticket. Sure, the "my state allows it" is all well and good, in court. A judge may let you off, but you are still getting a ticket.
There are also "grey" areas in some States, where it is not technically legal, but allowed anyway. For example, driving a motorcycle between lanes on the freeway is allowed by the California Highway Patrol. Providing you are not driving more than 5 mph faster than the rest of the traffic and not driving faster than 25 mph. If you are going to drive in these States, it pays to know their laws first.
Actually, under Article III, Section 1 of the US Constitution it says:Oh, and do you think that the right to drive in one state with a license from another is a right from the Federal Government? Wrong.
That is a result of a series of agreements and legislations passed in the individual states. Back in 1933 the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) pushed legislation to have each state recognize the license from another. There is actually no Federal requirement that they do so, and at any time individual states can actually choose to remove or restrict such licensing.
Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.
This is why driving licenses, marriage, divorce, and birth certificates, as well as every other public acts and judicial proceedings are recognized by all 50 States.
Useful link, and sound advice. Congress has yet to fulfill their constitutional responsibility under the Full Faith & Credit Clause. Until they do, I highly recommend everyone follow your suggestion and read very carefully about the firearm laws of the State they intend to visit before bringing a firearm to that State. H.R. 38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019, introduced this past January has been sitting in the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security ever since. With a Democrat controlled House, it is far more likely to die in that subcommittee than reach the floor for a vote.But the part about CCW holders not knowing that they can not have their concealed weapon in another state? That is idiotic, that is one of the first things they cover in any CCW class. And every CCW license I have ever seen clearly states it is only valid in that state.
And yes, I have myself been a CCW holder. I held mine in Texas, and threw it away when I moved back to California. I knew that state did not recognize it, so no more need for it.
Oh, and if anybody wants to know the reciprocity laws, there are easy to use resources to help you know.
CCW Reciprocity Maps For All US States (2019 Update)