Episode 335: All About Hotels: Law, Best Practices, and More

Topic: All About Hotels: Law, Best Practices, and More

Today Jacob and Matthew discuss gun owner considerations when selecting and staying in a hotel. Learn about some unique state laws, the gun policies of some of the largest hotel chains, and various other best practices. Plus some clarity on the policy of the ever-growing Airbnb. Join in and listen!

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Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of ConcealedCarry.com. ConcealedCarry.com provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Dee Dee on July 19, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you for this podcast. Excellent!

    Regarding Hilton Hotels: I live in Florida. A few months ago I was a chaperone for a group of high schoolers attending a Model UN competition in central Florida. As a chaperone, I was to share a guest room with another mom who I had never met before in a Hilton Hotel.

    So here’s the deal: I do not stay in a hotel unarmed. It’s a policy I have. My normal mode of concealed carry is in a Can Can Concealment belly band (BEST belly band I have found). Well, since I didn’t know the other woman’s position about concealed carry firearms, I actually wore that little piston strapped to my person day and night (except when showering, obviously.) so she did not know I had a firearm on me. (After we returned to our homes I did confess to her that I had been carrying all weekend.)

    As far as I am concerned, If I am carrying concealed, the hotel does not have any reason to know if I have a firearm with me. In Florida, businesses are free to post signage requesting no firearms but they are not legally enforced in the state.

    Very good information regarding hotel/motel design. Yes, exterior corridor motels are the least secure or private. Unfortunately, personal travel is usually on a tight budget and there is frequently a substantial price difference between a property with exterior versus interior corridors. Additionally, if on a major road trip, the traveler might have quite a bit of heavy luggage. Exterior corridor motels generally do not have elevators so guests may prefer first floor where they can park right in front of their guest room. (In the industry that is known as a down and out room.)
    Probably the safest location in an exterior corridor property would be on the front side of the building approximately mid-way between stairways on an upper floor.

    There was one time in Kansas that I stayed at a Choice Hotels property that I literally was so uncomfortable that I slept with my pistol under my pillow. That is the one and only time I have ever done that. The property was right off the interstate and the guest room was on the back side of the building. It was a down and out room and the property was substantially below the standard I was accustomed to for that brand of hotel.

    Anyway, thank you again for a great podcast! My family is preparing for a 3-week long roadtrip from Tampa to Idaho. I need to find a safe for the car that can be taken into the hotel rooms, etc.

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