While the AmmoDigger Editorial Staff is not legal advisory to anyone, anywhere, ever – we can sometimes point to valuable legalities that can benefit shooters.
FOPA is the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, a Federal Law that can help shooters legally transport a firearm from one jurisdiction where carry is legal – to another jurisdiction where carry is legal – across a state or municipality where legal carry is not allowed.
The key to FOPA is the requirement that those firearms being moved from location to location must be unloaded and transported – note – in a locked container that is out of reach (such as in one’s car trunk). After discussions with some friends who we greatly admire for their vocational dedication to keeping our communities safe, we clearly understand that the ‘locked and out of reach’ requirement is will be strictly examined by any intervening law enforcement officer. So placing your firearm in a box by your feet – that can be reached, opened and the firearm rapidly loaded – is pretty much ‘all kinds of wrong’ for staying in compliance with FOPA.
To learn more, we observe that the NRA- ILA (Institute for Legal Action) posts an excellent piece that spells out what a conscientious shooter will want to know about FOPA. Their online information can be reached using the address below.
Enjoy your trip – stay safe.