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Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States

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The book is currently in its 20th edition with over 1,000,000 copies sold since the first edition was published in 1996. Attorney J. Scott Kappas uses case law and statutory authority to render plain English advice as to how a traveler should carry firearms while visiting the many states of our great nation.

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As A Gun Owner You Are At Risk

Every Time You Cross State Lines

In America Gun Owners Risk Potential Jail Time and Fines When

They Travel with Their Guns Without Being Aware of Each State’s Laws

Here are two recent examples of people who are even now doing battle in the court room to stay out of jail and prevent being convicted of felonies that would jeopardize their ability to ever OWN a gun again.

nra-newsIn July Brian Fletcher was arrested in New Jersey for doing something he was taught to do back in his home state of North Carolina. “As co-owner of a company that repairs cell towers, Brian Fletcher and his crews were responding to an emergency call that sent them to New Jersey where half a million people were without power due to a storm. But in an instant, Brian went from helping people to getting a crash course in “Jersey justice.”

fox-news-logo“Elizabeth Elderli never leaves her Houston home unarmed. So, when the former U.S. Marine visited Manhattan’s September 11 Memorial, two guns were in her backpack when she saw a “no firearms” sign at the security checkpoint. Elderli told a police officer about the loaded 9-mm. and .380-caliber semi-automatic guns — both covered by her Texas-issued concealed weapons permit, which she believed was valid in New York. But she quickly learned that the Empire State’s gun control laws bear no resemblance to those in effect back home. Elderli was arrested in the Saturday incident, charged with felony possession of a weapon and left facing 3 ½ to 15 years in prison.”

And it isn’t just the few Anti-Gun States like New Jersey and New York that are Getting Gun Owners in Trouble. Gun Owners even find themselves against the law in states like Wyoming & Texas when they mistakenly enter “off limits” areas

Introducing the “Travelers Guide”

gun laws by stateAttorney J. Scott Kappas uses case law and statutory authority to render plain English advice as to how a traveler should carry firearms while visiting the many states of our great nation.

The book is currently in its 19th edition with over 1,000,000 copies sold since the first edition was published in 1996. Owners of recreational vehicles make up one of the book’s largest readerships. But any gun owner who travels with a firearm will find the Traveler’s Guide’s insight extremely helpful. Aside from being favorably reviewed by a host of magazine editors, the book is sold at the NRA’s famous national firearms museum and used by the National Football League and National Basketball Association as reference material for their security directors and players.

The book features an easy to follow SINGLE PAGE “cheat sheet” for each of the 50 states. Click here for a sample page of the book.

This is NOT an eBook – This is Physical Bound Book

Contains Answers to These Questions:

  • Which states allow me to carry a “loaded” firearm in the passenger compartment of my vehicle?
  • Which states allow me to carry a concealed firearm with or without a licen2017bookpicturemedse to carry?
  • Which states honor my permit to carry a concealed firearm?
  • Which states allow carry in restaurants serving alcohol?
  • Which states’ laws allow open carry of a firearm while on foot?
  • Which states prohibit the mere possession of a handgun while in a vehicle?
  • In which states is it better to carry a rifle or shotgun for personal protection?
  • Which states prevent localities from regulating firearms carry?
  • Which states require permittees to declare their status to Law Enforcement?
  • How can I legally possess firearms in National Parks and Forests?
  • Which states allow me to carry a firearm in their state parks?
  • How can I transport firearms on commercial airline, cruise ships & trains?
  • How can I transport firearms through a state that prohibits any gun possession?
  • How do I carry a firearm if I am an active duty or retired law enforcement officer?
  • How do I carry a handgun on a motorcycle?
  • Which states guarantee my right to self-defense in their statutes?
  • Which states allow vehicle carry on university and college campuses?


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31 reviews for Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States

  1. (verified owner):

    I have looked over the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States and found it to be quite informative. It pretty much covers the ins and outs of traveling with a gun about the country. First and foremost it is a good tool to help keep you out of trouble with interstate firearm transport. It is certainly worth the few dollars it costs. Two thumbs up.

  2. :

    Excellent comprehensive treatment of a complex, rapidly changing state-specific pattern of conflicting regulations that challenge gun owners as they travel interstate.

    Gregory B. Curwen

    Attorney at Law

  3. (verified owner):

    john california february 24, 2016

    i have the current 2016 book as well as the 2012 book , because politics change in states when new parties, govenors get elected and it is a

    good idea to keep up which states are trying to take away your freedoms , the firearm guide gives you a good idea of which state will be the

    best and the worst to live in. for instance a beautiful place to visit is Hawaii but check out their politics its very very bad. we already know that

    California sucks and is anti firearm ownership, but is it really other than a lot of rules and hypocrisy with the the dros fees alone bring in a ton of money and the fees the mfg pays per gun to allow them to be sold in calif is tremendous

    so every few years purchase an updated guide and keep informed of where to live and where to travel with firearms

  4. :

    Received 3 days after ordering. Book definitely lives up to your ad. Impressed with the “freedom scale”. I went thru and hi-lited the features of each state that we normally travel through that pertain to us. i have shown and recommended the Guide to several shooting friends and will be sharing it with more.

  5. (verified owner):

    I buy this book at minimum every 2 years. Things change so fast and these guys keep up on it. I travel often enough, and I keep he book with me so that should anything come up I have proof to show that I made an effort to travel wisely. This book is well worth the money.

  6. (verified owner):

    I have a CCW permit for Ohio. Once a year we travel to Florida, stay for 4 months and then travel back to Ohio. Since I always take a handgun with me, it was important to know the CC laws of the states I travel through and also how to legally carry in those states. This book will be a big help to me to keep me within the law.

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Simply a “must have” for any gun owner that ever plans to leave their house with their gun. A great gift idea as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This book is a must have if you travel at all. It kept me out of trouble when I drove from Texas to the never carry state of California. The only state I know they have less CC permits then retired cops.

    It give you more information then some of the state web sites on the issue.

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Very informative, well organized, and much better than what I expected. Worth every dollor. As essential as a map when when taking a road trip.

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I get one every two years, and love it, I can carry concealed in all but 7 states. Take mine to Florida or Texas to visit my brothers and go to ranges with them . I love the book and plan on getting it every year just to keep up with the laws as I see them change yearly. Keep up the book and thank you for your dedication in our rights.

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Excellent, let’s you know what the cc permit, from your state of issue, allows you to do in each state. Just be sure you look at each state before you enter it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The book is very helpful. It shows what each state requires and if the CCW is valid. This has some very good information in it. I am happy it is revised each year. Very good work.

  13. 1 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    A very comprehensive guideline but unless it is committed to memory the book would have to travel with you. Simply put it is somewhat overwhelming but a must if you plan to carry while travelling.All states should follow the same rules. Maybe someday, hopefully soon.

  14. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    A very good, complete, concise reference book for gun laws across the states!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    good informative reference book

  16. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Easily carried when traveling. Information contained in an easy to use format. A must for persons licensed to carry concealed.

  17. 5 out of 5


    I found the book very informative and well written. I would recommend it to everyone.

  18. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Very informative and can keep you from having problems as you travel or if you are interested in getting a permit to carry or own a gun.

  19. 1 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I live in New York State one of the most restrictive States in the Union for firearm ownership. I have to resort to getting non resident concealed carry permits from neighboring states in order to legally carry outside of NY. The Traveler’s Guide is a great help in finding out what states will honor the permits I have.

  20. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This is the second year I’ve purchased this book and I find it very informative. This summer my family will be travelling from Texas up to Connecticut and I plan to have it with me to review each state prior to entering. Items such as “Duty to notify a Law Enforcement Officer of permit status,” your right to self-defense (stand your ground or duty to retreat), and vehicle carry by non-permittees are going to be VERY important and could keep me out of trouble in case an event occurs. I am very lucky because the most states accept my TX permit but, especially in the Northeast where the gun laws are much more strict, this is going to be an important tool to have.

  21. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I give this book 5 stars for the information it contains. Concise, and to the point without all the lawyer speak. This is my 2nd year of having this info and it is worth the money. We travel cross country and knowing what I can and cannot do is priceless info. If you travel at all get your copy today. You will not be sorry.

  22. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The 2017 Traveler’s Guide is an interesting and necessary book to have if you cross state lines frequently, while armed. You must read the first 10 pages in order to understand the rest of the guide which is basically a state by state analysis of the laws mentioned up front. Sure, you can just look at your state but the gem of this is consolidating and comparing all of them in certain factors affecting concealed carriers. If you don’t travel much, you’ll have little need for this guide.

  23. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Loved this book. Very informative if you travel with a weapon. I bought it for all my family members who are packers. Two thumbs up!

  24. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I purchased the travelers guide before a recent spring break trip. It is well written and concise. I was only concerned about the few states I was traveling through, but wound up reading the whole book. I have no intention of ever traveling in states that don’t support my second amendment rights. I’ll spend my money else where. It’s definately worth the money!

  25. 1 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This book contains a wealth of information about how to legally carry in every state. Definitely would recommend it to anyone who travels!

  26. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This is my third revision of this publication. I find it indispensable when traveling cross country by Auto.

  27. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The book was delivered very quickly. I have found it to be very informative and well written. Definitely worth the small amount of money it costs.

  28. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This is my first purchase, and I find it very informative. Well worth the price. I think a compilation at the back for reciprocity would help for a quick reference.

  29. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This is my first time purchasing this excellent book. Most important is the Traveler’s Checklist for each state. Very well done.

  30. 1 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I wanted to carry my handgun, while traveling, from Michigan to Texas, so I purchased the Travelers guide a few weeks before I left on our journey. I reviewed it’s contents for the states I would be traveling through, after which I felt totally confident and comfortable carrying my weapon through the various states. The guide was well worth the money I paid for the book. Great book and awesome work.

  31. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I wanted to correct my post and meant to click on five stars. My apologies!

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