Carry a Gun While Traveling: Federal Safe Passage and Transport Across State Lines

Good video good info. Thanks

Edit: Let me just do it this way.

You can find the relevant documents below:

And here

USCCA members, call the number on the back of your card for any and all questions on the above.


Couple issues here.

First — As I understand it, USCCA is prohibited from selling membership to residents of Washington (and a few other states). As resident of a different state, that would have no effect on your member benefits while doing legal things in WA, etc.

Second — 18 USC § 926A speaks only to your transit through a state where your possession is disallowed, while traveling from an “allowed” state to another “allowed” state. Has nothing to do with CCL or use. If you are allowed to possess your SBR or 15-round magazine in Indiana, and you are allowed to possess them in Washington, you should be allowed to pass through California with them as long as everything remains unloaded and inaccessible to you during the passage. During this transit, you probably cannot stop overnight in California — and maybe can’t even stop to pee or refuel.

Federal Safe Passage is about how to transport a restricted firearm from one side of a restricted state to the other side — not about carry or use during the transit; not about what you can or can’t do at the origin or destination.

The availability of USCCA legal aid benefits probably depends upon just what you contemplate you are going to be arrested and put in jail for doing…


In Illinois you can legally have a gun in the car as long as you have a valid carry license from some state. Unless you have a FOID card you cannot legally transport it from your car to anywhere. You have to let an Illinois resident with a FOID card move it from your car to a residence (or place) where the controlling person has the card.
This is what I have come up with in my research as I have relatives in Illinois and when I visit I either leave the gun in the locked car or have one of them - with a FOID card - secure it for me.
Would I get caught carrying it into a relative’s house - probably not BUT: They would be in trouble if caught AND I THINK it is a felony to have the gun without the FOID.

Can someone comment on the felony issue?

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I will try and look that up soon.

It is a class 3 felony.

Which statute is that? Transport (unloaded, in a case) not carry of course.

The USCCA reciprocity map, for example, says

" Per the IL State Police , assuming no local ordinance applies and the hotel isn’t posted, firearms can be possessed in hotels, provided the firearm is carried into the room unloaded and enclosed in a case. The individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it’s concealed carry policy. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information."

Non-residents are not required to have an Illinois FOID
card but must be legally eligible to possess or acquire
firearms and ammunition as determined by their home
state. In order to comply with Illinois statutes while
transporting a firearm, it must be:

  1. Broken down in a non-functioning state; or
  2. Not immediately accessible; or
  3. Unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm
    carrying box, shipping box, or other container.
  4. A non-resident who has a valid Concealed
    Carry License from their home state may carry
    a concealed firearm within a vehicle traveling
    through Illinois. If the non-resident leaves
    the vehicle unattended, the firearm must be
    stored concealed in a case inside the locked
    vehicle or locked container within the vehicle
    out of plain view. For the purpose of subsection
    430 ILCS 66/65(b), a “case” includes a glove
    compartment or console that completely
    encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition,
    the trunk of the vehicle, or a firearm carrying
    box, shipping box, or other container."

It seems to me, granted I am most definitely not a lawyer, that if the firearm is unloaded and enclosed in a case…or broken down non functioning…or not immediately accessible…a non-resident may transport it in that condition. Additionally, it may be loaded in the car with a valid carry license from the person’s home state.


Noticed some dissing on Colorado…it wasn’t always controlled by demorats. The state was literally stolen in 2010 by multi-millionaire out of state shysters by fraud and undercover (like roaches in the dark) exchanges of big moneys and leftist “promises”, maybe even a few ugly threats.
Those who have a clue how the leftist demorats operate know how secretive and roach like they are.
Sadly we’ve been over-run by leftist Californians escaping the “golden state” that *THEY destroyed in the first place and bringing their far left garbage with them.
But I digress. Re: traveling through Colorado with firearms: the Colorado Bureau of Investigation web site has every stinking law (completely ignored by punks, thugs, democrats …but I repeat myself, and BLM) covering virtually every aspect of traveling in the state.
The first concept before all else, is obey the traffic laws…IE: don’t drive like a demorat.
Don’t stand out, drive friendly. I realize that’s a concept too many new comers can’t grasp…but you get the point.
P.S. Colorado has been home for about 52 years and those who actually know what it really is call it home…and also will defend it. It is still about the most beautiful state in the union.