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MIJoe 10-03-2012 18:00

Driving from FL to PA -- what about MA?

Planning trip from Florida to Pennsylvannia, driving mostly on I-95. My FL CCW is good in all states but MA.

What do I need to do to go thru MA? Other than as fast/safely as possible and not stop?
Would unloading and locking my handgun in a lockable box in trunk be sufficient?

Thanks for any advise


Lee-online 10-03-2012 18:24

You mean MD, yes unloaded and locked up.

Breadman03 10-03-2012 19:19


Originally Posted by Lee-online (Post 19482312)
You mean MD, yes unloaded and locked up.

Out of curiosity, does MD consider rounds in the mag as being loaded?

Patriot328 10-03-2012 20:38

If you stop in PA you should be well clear of MA my friend.

MIJoe 10-04-2012 05:52

Thanks for replies
Thanks for replies
Yes, I meant MD, not MA
OK, lockbox and unloaded it is

AtlantaR6 10-04-2012 06:12

It's still illegal just so you know, I do believe, just have a better chance of getting a pass if caught

g23rob 10-04-2012 06:58


Originally Posted by Breadman03 (Post 19482465)
Out of curiosity, does MD consider rounds in the mag as being loaded?

yes some officers do as I was told by MSP
however I cant find a law on MD books that says otherwise
so when in doubt DONT

also gun, ammo, mags, stored seperate out of drivers reach gun in a case and you will be good
have a safe trip

md2lgyk 10-04-2012 07:05

Where in PA are you going? I-95 is about the worst way to get there.

Patriot328 10-04-2012 07:21


Originally Posted by md2lgyk (Post 19484143)
Where in PA are you going? I-95 is about the worst way to get there.

That's a good point. It's almost better to go through CLT and take 81 up into the center of the state. Even if you are going to Eastern PA it'd probably be less of a hassle than I95.

fuzzy03cls 10-04-2012 07:34

I95, to I26, to I77, to I81, to I80 east

If you destination is PA your legal to carry your guns unloaded in a locked box in your trunk per Federal transport regulations. As long as you don't stop except for gas & food in MD.

SCmasterblaster 10-04-2012 11:32

You wrote that you are going from FL to PA. Well MA is way out of your way. It shouldn't matter.

vafish 10-04-2012 17:48

Stop in va, gas up, have a bite to eat, put unloaded gun in case, unload mags, drive through md without spending a penny, load up when you are back in a free state.

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vafish 10-04-2012 17:54

The loaded mag issue from what I recall is a hunting regulation occasionally missused.

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Dave Richardson 10-04-2012 21:20

Let me second VA Fish's recommendation; there are a lot of accomodating establishments in Northern Virginia where you can prepare yourself for your dash across Comrade O'Malley's Socialist Workers Paradise. Even if you are a fan of "The Wire", the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles (How 'bout dem Os Hon!), do not deviate, drive the speed limit and get north of the Mason Dixon line with your cargo as quickly as possible.

Coming back south repeat the above, get south of the high water line on the southern bank of the Potomac and then relax and enjoy Virgina hospitality again.

vafish 10-04-2012 21:41

Here is the hunting regulation that some say applies, although some google searches say it has not been used on people for just loaded magazines in the car.


(1) A person may not shoot at any species of wildlife from an automobile or other vehicle or, except as provided in 4-203(b) of the Criminal Law Article and Title 5, Subtitle 3 of the Public Safety Article, possess in or on an automobile or other vehicle a loaded handgun or shotgun, or a rifle containing any ammunition in the magazine or chamber.

BMWMD 10-05-2012 19:07

When I go up 81 my track through MD is very short; therefore, I unload and have my wife put it in the cooler until we cross over in to PA.

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SCmasterblaster 10-08-2012 19:24

Oh, I get it. MD, not MA.

secamp32 10-13-2012 22:03

Skip 95 and take I-81. We drive from NY to FL every year and I have found the trip to be more relaxing, more scenic and have less traffic. You just need to watch the weather if the trip is in the winter since your more likely to get snow and ice along 81.

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