A teaching moment

This is a true but painful story. As sad as it is, I used it during my last concealed carry class to make a point to my students. Learn it well or you, too could be doomed to repeat it!

The laws governing the personal use of firearms varies not only from state to state but also from county to county. Even worse, cities often enact their own set of rules to “make the people safer.” Witness the idiocy of this in Chicago with some of the mos stringent restrictions on gun ownership and some of the highest murder rates by firearm in our country. But I digress.

In the article that follows a Pennsylvania mother who legally obtained a conceal carry permit in her state traveled into New Jersey and was pulled over for a traffic violation. On being approached by the detaining officer, the mother of two told the officer she had a conceal permit and was carrying.

The problem is that New Jersey, being the gestapo-like state that is is does not recognize permits from any other states. Thus a simple traffic stop turned into an arrest for illegal possession of a gun and the hollow-point ammunition that was in it.

If you are new to the conceal carry club then do your homework and find out the laws that govern when you can and can’t legally carry your concealed handgun. You might be restricted in local towns that you need to be aware of and if you travel it becomes even more of a headache.

My family and I recently traveled up the east coast from our home in North Carolina to family in Rhode Island. And seeing as how the gun gestapo in Washington, D.C., Maryland, New York and New Jersey were in our travel corridor, not to mention that Rhode Island does not recognize my NC Concealed Carry Permit, I decided to leave my guns at home. I didn’t like it one iota but it was the safer course of action overall.

Officers, lawyers and judges will all tell you that ignorance of the law is no excuse. And it can be a very painful lesson if you try to play that card. Do your homework and plan accordingly.

Article: Philly mom faces jailtime due to New Jersey’s strict gun laws

Web site: Handgun laws by state

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