Travel Frequently Asked Questions

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Re: Travel Frequently Asked Questions

Postby AWF ROWD » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:35 pm

JustaShooter wrote:A word of caution about the application: Some counties (Butler included, but not Crawford), require the application to be on both sides of a single piece of paper rather than two separate pieces of paper.

Hope this helps - good luck and enjoy the trip to FL!

I just reviewed the Application, and it looks like its only one page...?!!
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Re: Travel Frequently Asked Questions

Postby Uncle Duke » Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:13 am

I highly recommend that anyone traveling through a state that does not honor or recognize Ohio's CHL carry a copy of the Firearm Owner's Protection Act with them in addition the aforementioned precautions. Not every state trooper or local law enforcement officer is knowledgeable about this law and may arrest you or confiscate your firearm. I had a run in with NJ State Troopers awhile back during a traffic stop (Driving for too great a distance in the center lane... all of a mile when I was passing slower moving traffic. Yes this is on the books and you are warned about this when you enter NJ from PA at the Delaware Water Gap, although most people don't see this sign). I had my CHL for Ohio and PA and temporary permit for Mass on me and several firearms locked in Pelican cases along with ammo in their original sealed packages in a locked Pelican case in the locked covered bed of my pickup (I was going to a shooting competition in Mass). Nevertheless the trooper wanted to arrest me even though I had paperwork that proved where I was going and fully cooperated with him. It wasn't until I gave him a copy of the FOPA that he was willing to let me go, albeit with a warning to never bring a gun into NJ again.

NYS gets a bad wrap because of their dictatorial stance on gun control (especially the SAFE Act), although I've never had a bad experience with NYS troopers. NYPD is another story. Do not drive through any of the 5 boroughs with a firearm if at all possible. They don't seem to understand FOPA applies to everywhere for safe passage.

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Re: Travel Frequently Asked Questions

Postby TunnelRat » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:21 pm

Uncle Duke wrote:NYS gets a bad wrap because of their dictatorial stance on gun control

Nope, it's not a bad rap. The New Jersey highway patrol has a long-standing reputation for harassing lawful firearms owners. They know about the FOPA; they just prefer to disregard it. I would guess they gave you a pass when they found out you knew the law and weren't going to roll over for them.

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Re: Travel Frequently Asked Questions

Postby scotmaria » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:00 am

also want to travel to Minnesota, Maryland and Indiana.
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Re: Travel Frequently Asked Questions

Postby Brian D. » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:44 am

Welcome scotmaria. An Ohio carry license is not recognized/reciprocated in Minnesota or Maryland. Indiana allows carry on ANY political subdivision's license, it doesn't even have to be one issued in the U.S. For example if you are an Israeli citizen living and working here legally, your carry license from there is honored by Indiana.
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Re: Travel Frequently Asked Questions

Postby BerythaBeasley » Tue May 08, 2018 5:06 am

rickt wrote:This forum has seen three threads in the month of February regarding travel to Minnesota, Maryland and Indiana.

That prompted me to create this FAQ.

Rick's Unofficial Travel FAQ

Q.: I am traveling to another state and I am wondering if my Ohio CHl is valid there?

A.: There are two good web sites which have interactive maps which can show you in which states your Ohio CHL is valid. Those sites are Handgunlaws and USA Carry.

Q.: What is the difference between "honors" and "reciprocity"?

A.: "Reciprocity" means Ohio and another state have signed an agreement to honor each other's CCW permits (Ohio AG reciprocity page). Some states have decided to honor other states licenses without any reciprocity agreement which is why your Ohio CHL is valid in more states than those with which Ohio has a reciprocity agreement.

Q.: While I am in another state, do I follow Ohio's laws or the laws of the state I am visiting?

A.: Always obey the laws of the state you are visiting.

Q.: How can I find out the laws of any state I plan to visit?

A.: Several web sites provide synopses of state firearms laws which you can review and print out for your travels to other states. They are,, and

Q:. Can I travel with a firearm on an airplane?

A.: Yes, but you must follow the TSA guidelines shown here: TSA guidelines.
In addition, the TSA recommends checking with the airline for additional policies the airline might have about traveling with a firearm. Since not all airline personnel understand firearms policies, printing and carrying both the airline's policy and the TSA policy is a good idea.

Q:. Can I travel with a firearm on Amtrak?

A.: No. Amtrak policy forbids firearms in both checked and carry-on baggage.

Q.: Can I travel with a firearm on a Greyhound bus?

A.: No. Greyhound's list of prohibited items includes firearms.

Q.: Isn't there a Federal law that is supposed to protect travelers with firearms?

A.: Yes. The Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) offers some protection. The NRA Gun Laws web site describes it like this: "Notwithstanding any state or local law, a person shall be entitled to transport a firearm from any place where he may lawfully possess and transport such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and transport such firearm if the firearm is unloaded and in the trunk. In vehicles without a trunk, the unloaded firearm shall be in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console."

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