How to Legally Drive Firearms Across State Lines

How to Legally Drive Firearms Across State Lines

Firearm law attorney and co-founder of Legal Heat, Phil Nelson, talks about how to safely and legally transport firearms across state lines in a vehicle.

Table of Contents:
Introduction – 00:00
Firearm Laws – 00:20
Firearm Owners Protection Act – 00:35
5 Steps of Federal Compliance – 01:34
Restrictive States – 02:55
State Law Compliance – 03:10
Transporting Prohibited Items – 03:24
Transporting vs Touristing – 04:17
Vehicles Without Trunks – 05:32
Conclusion – 06:35

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  1. dont care what you think on November 18, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    So if someone car jacking you tell them to hold on let me get in my trunk and glove box to defend myself…

  2. Alexander on November 18, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    how about a center console gun safe?

  3. Scott Jorgenson on November 18, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    No law

  4. Wesley Burns on November 18, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    I travel often law abiding citizen concealed carry never leave home without it.

  5. BravoTango Shepherd on November 18, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Not to beat a dead constitution but wtf does "the right to bare arms" and " shall not be infringed" mean anymore if the 2nd Amendment is being infringed and we don’t have the right? This is straight government overreach and bullshit and needs to be stood up against, because "we the people" not they the government.

  6. Beta Fish Jeremy on November 18, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Its called you just do it, it’s the second amendment and anything other than non compliance is useless.

  7. a gar on November 18, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    If you’re a retired PO who qualifys ever year and has a permit in his state will you still get jacked up by the Police.

  8. al tardif on November 18, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    So the constitution of the United States and the second amendment is not a part of every state as written but is re written for the good of the politicians and not the defense of the legal American citizens in self defense SMFH political COWARDS 😡

  9. Scott Jorgenson on November 18, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    We really need to law suit these state

  10. Michael Roughner on November 18, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Could we assume that any such firearm transportation charge could easily result in a felony conviction, costing the owner of his right to own any firearm in the future?

  11. Rufus477 on November 18, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Don’t live in a state that does not support citizens having firearms.
    Don’t drive through state that does not support citizens having firearms….unless you’re moving to a free state. Don’t stop and buy anything while transiting an unfree state.

  12. woodspirit98 on November 18, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Ok I’m still not sure if I heard this right. You can transport firearms thru states that restrict those firearms. But not if you live in a state like ny even if you’re not going into ny with it. Like an AR?

  13. Nelson Ward on November 18, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    New York, New Jersey, Assachessetts and Commiefornia don’t care what FOPA says.

  14. Joe Jordan on November 18, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Forget your federal law try to go to California or New York with a gun in your car and get caught😃

  15. Jason Stewart on November 18, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Pretty sure if a law goes against the constitution it is my duty and obligation to ignore it. Lawyers ruined the world. Theyve helped abduct perfectly good people from their families. The world would understand this if the nuremburg trials weren’t distracted by the cold war and went through with the prosecution of police/lawiers/judges and everyone else who was brainlessly manipulated into the rounding up of good people. These are human rights they are taking from you.

  16. Emmanuel Espiritu on November 18, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Step number six don’t go to places that has too much gun restriction

  17. Raminit on November 18, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    It’s sad, that in a Constitutional Republic, that your Constitutional Second Amendment Right cannot be practiced consistently across every state, the same as every other Constitutional Right.
    That, folks, sounds a lot like infringement.

  18. Two_Legit on November 18, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    We’ve come a long way since the wild west. Thanks Democrats. 🖕

  19. bobbg on November 18, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Lol the trunk on a motorcycle is often under your ass on top of the battery.
    That seems like an unlikely place you could reach a gun driving a bike.
    As for traveling inside a state if you enter California from newmexico on the southern boarder and drive north to Idaho via the 101 its going to take you 2 to 3 days time to pass through the state.
    Maybe longer on a bike. Trips like this are very common.

    Ny you pull your boat in to fule up could take more then 1 day and if the fire arms on the boat in the water its not really on land now is it?

  20. Nomadic Heathen on November 18, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I guess as a trucker I cannot have a weapon. That sucks.

  21. cafe80s on November 18, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Infringement means to eat around the edges… Guns laws have knocked down the whole damn door… And the so called "Supreme Court" sits and watches the country become overthrown, denying to even hear 2nd Amendment cases.

  22. Joe Abhold on November 18, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    There is only 1 firearm law in the United States of America.

  23. ferdinand montalvo on November 18, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I plan to relocate from NYC to Florida how do I go about transporting and registering my legal gun.

  24. See Why on November 18, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    ummm bullshit….. Get a ccw and carry the weapon loaded in your vehicle.

  25. Alexander on November 18, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    I’ve heard you’re even at risk if stopping for gas, snacks or the toilet in states like New Jersey and New York.

  26. BV Gonzalez on November 18, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    lmao, i carry my firearm any way I WANT… in any state ,,,, never had an issue ….

  27. Jim on November 18, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    What is this unconstitutional gibberish that you speak?

  28. Cliff on November 18, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    So we’re not really the United State’s ? Maybe sometimes we are but not when it comes to guns.

  29. Evan Burroughs on November 18, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    What about Oregon and Washington statutes allowing for concealed carry while hunting, fishing, or attendance of a formal shooting establishment and in the transportation to and from said activities?
    If the two states allow such a provision, doesn’t this allow to carry concealed across state lines without a permit?

  30. by Daniel Chiotis on November 18, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Actually, you can’t take the steaks out of America and once people start to understand there’s a difference between being a ‘flesh-and-blood American’ in contrast to a ‘numerically categorized citizen’,
    .. the people will understand that all it takes is unity and really one or two days to make the changes we want:
    The Second Amendment is our carry permit, unless we have record of committing a violent crime or hurting somebody.
    Cigarettes alcohol and prescription pills cancel out any hypocritical BS that says people can’t smoke weed.
    What the hell’s the matter with my American brothers and sisters that we still have to be talkin and dealing with this crap in 2021??

    Fidget spinners and a chick’s but will get 9 million views, but somebody posting a video about Title 18 of the US C or the anatomy of a malicious prosecution doesn’t get any views.

    I think it’s fear, or YouTube keeping people like me unheard and unfindable to the outside world.


  31. Derrik Ollar on November 18, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Does the ammo (which is in another container) need to be locked too?

  32. Jack Fitzpatrick on November 18, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    The 2nd Amendment says "shall not be infringed". how is it that *any* state can enact *any* laws restricting the right to keep,or bear,arms?????

  33. Slashcut101 on November 18, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Does anyone know if both the gun and ammo need to be stored in locked hard sided containers or if the ammo can just go in a bag

  34. TheOldnic on November 18, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    …needs a federal FOPA definition of "high capacity magazine" to overwrite any inconsistency with restrictive definitions.
    e.g. some law was supposed to be no more than seven round capacity in a state or a city.
    So FOPA should declare an overruled version such as e.g. 10 round maximum for transport. so there is no collision of the point.

  35. Kaiden Hall on November 18, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    this goes against the 2nd amendment

  36. Hal Freeman on November 18, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    This sounds like a bunch of idiots created these laws. Why carry a firearm if not to defend yourself against people like those creating these laws? Really, this is just plan stupid stuff here and one day this world will be destroyed by FIRE from God. And that day will not come soon enough for me.

  37. Christopher Scofield on November 18, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    So I have a truck with a canopy n moving to texas from Washington state I have all gun cases for each one n both me n wife have cpl should I be good with all firearms in the bed of the truck wity my dogs ?

  38. Michael Perine on November 18, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    The problem is that FOPA is a defense, not a bar from arrest and prosecution. A cop in California may arrest you and a DA may prosecute you, It is up to you to establish that you are eligible for protection under FOPA. It is far better to simply avoid states like California, New Jersey and New York.

  39. Henry Cole on November 18, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    When the guns are removed, the criminals will take control. See California

  40. Caleb D on November 18, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Or you just keep your piece concealed and don’t do anything stupid to attract the attention of the cops. You know the law is crap when complying with it is way more difficult than just being a decent person and acting like a good neighbor.

  41. Robyn Pittenger on November 18, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    This comment section gives me hope for my country. <3

  42. 1234KeithB on November 18, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Fuck California New Jersey and New York lol

  43. Derrell Self on November 18, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    I was considering bringing a load of alfalfa hay from NJ back to S.C.
    Guess not. It’s a 20 hour drive there. Figure 6 hours to load hay, then 20 hour drive back. But…..I would be carrying quite a bit of cash until the hay is purchased. I’m not going into a combat zone unarmed. Other arrangements will have to be made.

  44. MovingForward on November 18, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I don’t travel much but thanks great video!

  45. Cool Breeze 2.0 on November 18, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Where’s the video on protecting voting rights?

  46. stevin47 on November 18, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    how do these protesters get away with ar-15 with inserted mag in the weapon not shouldered but at the ready position and finger over the trigger on government property ive seen so many pictures of this in last 2 yrs its not legal Brandishing and Improper Exhibition of a Firearm

  47. Barry On on November 18, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    The steel in my car could potentially be melted down to make firearm parts. Should I be concerned?

  48. Mary Go Round on November 18, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Then what’s the point of having a firearm?

  49. j Wil on November 18, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    California; if the bad guy do get you, there government will.

  50. Daniel on November 18, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    State level gun laws need to be banned and abolished. There should be one set of gun laws that apply national wide to everybody.