Firearm Traveler’s Guide

As someone who prefers to carry a concealed handgun everywhere I go, I spend a lot of time researching the laws of the various states in which I travel. There are websites that have compiled the laws that regulate concealed carry by state, which are a fairly good place to start. However, I’m always unsure of how up-to-date these websites really are, especially as I have often found mistakes listed.

While I use these websites as a quick reference, my favorite source for firearm laws is the Traveler’s Guide to Firearm Laws of the Fifty States.

In its 16th edition, the Traveler’s Guide provides an in-depth look at concealed-carry and firearm transport laws, as well as officer notification laws in all 50 states. In it, Scott Kappas, a lawyer and firearms supporter, succinctly explains the 85 changes in firearm laws from the 2011 edition, including implementation of the Castle Doctrine in five states, reciprocity among the states, open carry and constitutional carry.

As firearm laws can differ greatly from state to state, it’s beneficial to know how to legally carry before you travel through one. And, it’s not a bad idea to have a reference along that can be checked whether or not there is Internet or phone service available. 

The Traveler’s Guide to Firearm Laws of the Fifty States is available for $13.95 at, or can be purchased at the NRA Store.

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14 Responses to Firearm Traveler’s Guide

Cymond wrote:
July 07, 2014

Bruce, are you serious?? 'Also, federal law allows you to pass through ANY state with a gun as long as it is unloaded and not accessible.' First, that law only protects travelers passing through. If you stop for any reason other than fuel or food, you may be arrested. Second, I dare you to take an AR-15 and a 30-round magazine on a drive through California, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, or DC. You will NOT be protected from their 'assault weapon' laws!

bruce wrote:
November 11, 2013

I always check the official web sites for the state's I am passing through. And print their list of state's permits they allow. Also, federal law allows you to pass through ANY state with a gun as long as it is unloaded and not accessible. I also make an effort when I have a choice go stay out of state's that don't recognize my permit. They don't need my money anyway.

Bill wrote:
December 29, 2012

Two other great resources are and No one resource is absolute but these are both pretty good.

CommonSensation wrote:
April 21, 2012

@Scottlac...HR822 is the only anwser. NO publication can be kept up to date for the entire nation, by state. Gunlawguide gonna cover legal expenses for anyone arrested after referencing this site?

Your Name JEFF R wrote:
April 19, 2012

Comments... I just wish they would go ahead and pass the HR822 . Where we can carry ever state . I go to Bronx NY and would feel much better carrying

Scottlac wrote:
April 19, 2012

@Kurt, was that a joke? You willing to bet your life to some random site on google? Others did and now they have a record and can't lawfully carry anywhere.

Brian E wrote:
April 19, 2012

Why would I buy a book that will not keep up with the times? State laws and codes are free for anyone to look up.

Steve Rawlins wrote:
April 19, 2012

Ya know it wouldnt take long for someone to say; is there an app for that? )

Baron Patrick Ryan wrote:
April 19, 2012

I wish Canada allowed the same laws, wonder if some states will allow Canadians whom live 4-5 months out of the year to be able to carry in a state that allows, as I will be buying a second home for winter time to get away from harsh winters and spending time in Florida

Alvin wrote:
April 19, 2012

Thaks paul...i work out of town 3to5. Weeks a month...needless to say i carry.just because of the situtation....just never know, and sence are crew work nites i just feel safe

Scooter wrote:
April 19, 2012

Thank you!

kurt wrote:
April 19, 2012

Just use Google. I haven't found one mistake and I carry everyday

demon wrote:
April 19, 2012

i believe they have Utah listed as a CONCEALED carry state,...when Utah is one of our "gold star" open carry states!

Molon Labe wrote:
April 19, 2012

Thanks for the heads-up! Placed my order today.