This topic has the potential to get political and ignite the tired gun versus non-gun debates. I am posting this as an alert so those that think the license from one state should be honored in another, just like a driver license, can contact their reps and support it. And those that disagree can contact their reps and tell them to vote against it. In my opinion RVrs who currently have guns but no license to carry are already protected and limited by title 18 while traveling if the letter of the law is followed. But if reciprocity was the same as for driver licenses, it becomes motivation for those in our community that choose to own arms, whether they intend to carry or not (I own but very rarely carry,) to go and get a license. The sum total result is more training, and a good safety refresher for each, as well as limiting the ability for LEOs to seize guns or arrest solely on the basis of a law abiding citizen's possession of a gun when no crime has been committed with or or while carrying it.
Again that is an opinion piece that I disagree with. I don't need to attack the author. I am glad it got to my attention and I can take my vote from there.
Let's focus on the RV aspect, as we try in the other topics. It is an RV issue when someone who is about to go full or half time in an RV and owns guns for whatever reason, sport, heirloom keepsakes, for self-defense if needed, for security work, whatever, asks if they can travel with them legally in the US. We do answer whether they can legally in the US (They can have them in the RV locked up and unloaded while underway in all states - Title 18) and point them to state laws which are a tangle. Just like it would be for driver licenses for HDTs if driver licenses did not have reciprocity. Once they are earned in one state, honored in all - reciprocity. Just because a person decides to become a fulltimer does not mean the loss of any rights that we have in a S&B, including the right to vote. Remember each state licenses with an eye to not allowing felons and the mentally unstable to own a gun at all let alone license them to carry in their own communities. Just like driver licenses screen for eyesight and have a practical test before you can earn one. I like the fact that it would not force any gun owners to get a carry license, some would still choose not to, but for those who already do have them it is a big incentive, when we are RVrs traveling many states, to go get the training and license. It is a win win. More people trained by professionals that are now certified law abiding and stable people with no felony background. No one forced to do anything.
Edited by RV, 21 September 2011 - 03:31 PM.