We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Before you travel with a gun, you must be sure: 1. You have all the proper licenses to possess the gun in the state in which you reside; 2. You have all the proper licenses to possess the gun in the state of your final destination. Plan ahead. Make sure you know the law and comply with it. Not only do you need to know the laws on possessing guns, but you also need to know how guns have to be transported or stored. Some states require certain guns be carried unloaded and cased. Some require trigger locks.
A number of years ago, the NRA was successful in getting federal legislation that gives some protection to interstate travelers. The law is a "defense" to state prosecution. That means you have to bring the federal law to the attention of state officials. It will not prevent you from being arrested. When you go to court, you have the burden of proving you are entitled to the federal law exemption.
The federal law states that if it is lawful for you to have a gun where your trip begins and where it ends, you may transport the gun interstate so long as it is unloaded and locked in the trunk of your car. If you do not have a trunk in your car, the gun must be inaccessible to the driver and/or passengers in the car. This is not a blanket waiver for people who claim they are traveling interstate. It is very specific.
Unless you are legal in both states, proving to a judge what the is in two different states may be more difficult than you think. You also have the problem of proving where your trip began and where you intended to end the journey. Just because you say that you started in Maine and were going to Florida does not mean anyone has to believe you. The burden of proof is on you, not on the police. Some people play fast and loose with this provision. They are taking a big risk. If you get into trouble, your lawyer will argue the fine line of the law. She may be successful. It will be expensive. It will be stressful. It is much better to stay well behind the fine line of the law.
I just delivered some antiquities rifles to another state. I carefully checked the laws between here and there and found a site that contains most of what I needed to know for each state. It turns out that it is legal to drive with unloaded weapons in back of the car through the intervening states. No problems. We don't even have ammo for them.
I did this because, a. I wanted a vacation down south and b. I didn't want to have to pay some guy with an FFL to ship guns that another person had recently inherited. Sure, they were antiquities and could have been done by us if one of us had registered as a collector but that invites the same thuggery as getting an FFL. No thanks.
That said, I would not transport any type of firearm through New York or most of New England. Once the law puts its grubby hands on your gun you spend far more money than the gun is worth to get back property they illegally stole from you.
I'm never surprised anymore when cops get shot since I'm amazed more of them aren't.
??She may be successful??? I drive every year from Mississippi to South Dakota without a thought about this, and I carry several guns for friends who fly privite plane out to hunt with us. They're carrying charges or freight is going up every day.
Our freedoms are melting!
You just have to be careful. If you are traveling through hostile territory, most of Maryland and north then you DO NOT get off the freeway for any reason but exigent circumstances. If you must fuel, you fuel at a rural exit where the stations are next to the freeway and then get back on the road. You may be okay buying a candy bar and drink TO GO. You don't stop to shop, you don't stop at hotels, you don't stop at restaurants in hostile territory. And if at all possible you avoid interacting with security forces in the hostile territory. You conceal all indicators you might have or be a fan of firearms.
Plan your trip so as to traverse hostile states with as little interaction with the locals as possible.
If flying and you get stranded in a connecting airport in hostile territory such as in NY or NJ, then do not accept your checked bags back into your possession if they contain a firearm. Refuse possession and demand the airport deliver them to the destination.
Just keep your wits about you and accept you aren't in free America and must function as a covert operative. Sadly, hostile territory is expanding so watch out when near municipalities or places with a growing hostile population of people from hostile territory.