Transferring Multiple Guns Across State Lines
As attorneys handling a wide array of firearms law case and legal issues, we receive a number of emails about gun questions posed in various forums across the United States. One recent question focused on interstate transportation of firearms. The question is “a fried of mine recently told me of a law that restricts the number of weapons a person may transport across state lines [under federal law].”
A part of being a lawful citizen is understanding law is written in form and can be researched by referring to primary laws (official statutes, cases, and rules/regulations). While this may well be an oral tradition or found on the Internet, it is inaccurate. Federal law specifically provides for interstate transportation of firearms, without such limitation:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition is accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container or other than the glove compartment and console.” 18 U.S.C. § 926A.
Obviously, and as explicitly the firearms must be lawfully in the possession of the person transporting such firearms. And there are other limitations (such as ATF approval) for interstate transportation of NFA weapons, such as machine guns. At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., we hope you find this blog post helpful to stay in compliance with the law, understanding fact from fiction. This blog post was written by attorney Bryan L. Ciyou.