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    Default how illegal is it to carry a gun on a thru hike?

    was wondering where it is legal and not legal to carry, what permits are required, etc.

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    oh christ. here we go. just do a search

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    i tried and could not find anything that specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hperry View Post
    i tried and could not find anything that specific.
    http://www.gunlaws.com/links/

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    thanks L Wolf.

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    "how illegal is it to carry a gun on a thru hike?"

    There are no degrees of legality, it is either legal or illegal.
    "If you don't know where you're going...any road will get you there."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldog49 View Post
    "how illegal is it to carry a gun on a thru hike?"

    There are no degrees of legality, it is either legal or illegal.
    If you have to ask such a question you probably should consider not carrying a gun.
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    To summarize:

    1) Most people think it is unnecessary to carry a gun on a thru-hike. And there's the issue of not wanting to carry extra weight.

    2) If you do choose to carry one, you should know that you will pass through places where it is illegal to carry (National Parks) and places which have restrictive legislation (Massachusetts comes to mind).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldog49 View Post
    "how illegal is it to carry a gun on a thru hike?"

    There are no degrees of legality, it is either legal or illegal.
    apparently your not a lawyer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marta View Post
    To summarize:

    1) Most people think it is unnecessary to carry a gun on a thru-hike.

    2) If you do choose to carry one, you should know that you will pass through places where it is illegal to carry (National Parks) and places which have restrictive legislation (Massachusetts comes to mind).
    1) there are a few that do

    2) that's why i posted a link

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalkingStick75 View Post
    If you have to ask such a question you probably should consider not carrying a gun.
    really? why?

    wanting to know where it is legal or illegal to possess a firearm means i should not have one?

    not really following that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hperry View Post
    really? why?

    wanting to know where it is legal or illegal to possess a firearm means i should not have one?

    not really following that...
    you're gonn catch all kinds of crap from the anti-gunners. ignore them and learn the laws for each state

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    1) there are a few that do

    2) that's why i posted a link
    Granted. I didn't go very far into the link, but wonder if it covers all the little nuances of hiking through state parks where carrying guns is often forbidden, or, for instance, going into a bank. All in all, it becomes very complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldog49 View Post
    "how illegal is it to carry a gun on a thru hike?"

    There are no degrees of legality, it is either legal or illegal.
    Gotta love that question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marta View Post
    Granted. I didn't go very far into the link, but wonder if it covers all the little nuances of hiking through state parks where carrying guns is often forbidden, or, for instance, going into a bank. All in all, it becomes very complicated.
    "Complicated" is an understatement. It's a lot more than state parks. As far as I know, most states allow private property (i.e. shops) to choose whether or not to allow weapons onsite, even for licensed CCW holders.

    If you drive up to a restaurant and see a "no firearms" sticker (which I do see, even here in the rural South), you can secure your weapon in the car. What do you do in the same scenario while thru-hiking? Leave it outside in your pack? That's just not a great idea. Going to another establishment is the easy answer, but in small trail towns the next restaurant/grocery store, etc. may be an hour's walk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    you're gonn catch all kinds of crap from the anti-gunners. ignore them and learn the laws for each state
    Not anti gun at all, I teach concealed weapon classes. I stress in the class if they are going out of state to check the laws for that state and so when someone asks a question like this it brings into question a few issues.

    Was I a little harsh, possibly but if you are taking on the responsibility of carrying a gun you should also have problem solving skills like how to and a good portion of common sense.
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    http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text....0.1.4&idno=36

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    hperry, WB is the wrong place to get that info.
    Not that some here can't tell you, or that they don't know, but it is not a credible place to get such important info.
    You will have to check the laws in each county/state you plan to be passing through, and how they apply to non-residents.

    As far as retailers and their little signs, there is much debate on the legality of such.
    I carry myself, and obey the law, but you need to do your due diligence and learn all laws governing carrying a weapon whether concealed or not.
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    Got to love that question - needs to be an article, as non members cannot view the search. Members have covered this to death. (No Pun Intended)




    trout hunter - this is the right place. Period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    Got to love that question - needs to be an article, as non members cannot view the search.

    trout hunter - this is the right place. Period.
    Far from the truth there Mark. There are many other places to get this information, other than this site. This is a hiking site Mark, not a site from which to garner legal advice. The OP asked about the legalities of carrying, not your or anyone else's opinion. You sure you aren't drinking tonight, because you sure are full of something, I was thinking maybe alcohol.

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