ian husford wrote:and I have looked at handgunlaw.us/states/idaho and from what I can tell, as long as I stay out of schools, jails (aren't they sometimes the same?), or court houses, I should be good to conceal there. But I would like some confirmation from experiences such as this board. Any foreseen problems like do I have to tell they cop who pulls me over that I am carrying?
Just my humble two pennies worth, again.
handgunlaw.us is a fantastic site but it should be your STARTING POINT for determining what you want to know and NOT your ending point. Laws change fast; folks make typos, etc.
I travel a lot all across the USA and Canada. In the US I can carry concealed in most states with the permits that I have as a US citizen. (Some states refuse to recognize that fact and the 2A). All I can say is that if you visit handgunlaw.us, you will get some good information indirectly. I recommend clicking on the state you are travelling to or through and getting the current info from the state website itself. AZ/NM is a great example as of late. One day AZ permit is good in NM, the next day it is NOT!?!? A week or two later NM has a change of heart (since all of the states they messed with are no longer recognizing NM permits) and reverses so that they have added back all of the reciprocal states they just removed. I would not travel into or through ANY state without visiting that state's website for current information. We carry a small Lenovo notepad and a data stick and get the information the day before we enter the state in question.
As to telling LEO's if you are carrying or have firearms in the vehicle? I would read Ayoob's suggestions on that and stick with them. He is an experienced traveller and LEO. Personally? I hand over at least one permit along with my D/L and say I am carrying and how would the LEO like to handle this. It takes the tension off the stop. As far as carrying IN MY CAR? I do not, as a rule, give permission for a LEO to search ever. NEVER. If they have cause to search I think Ayoob suggests that you immediately inform that there is a firearm in storage in the vehicle.
We have TWO small Harbour Freight safes in the back of our SUV in the seat well/trunk area. One for handguns and the other for magazines (unloaded) and ammo. Both are key locked so we don't have our batteries die enroute. We have yet to be asked to open them for inspection, even at border crossings!
I personally believe that being up front, yet street savvy, buys you some respect and appreciation in most cases. At the border, even when we have shopped our brains out and owe taxes on crossing, handing over our permit with our passport and stating that we have gun(s) or ammo on board buys respect and appreciation. And when asked where they are stored, we will either state nothing on board today or tell the border guard(s) that we have two safes in the back, one with gun and one with ammo. We open the rear hatch remotely as soon as we arrive at the crossing and open all the windows so they can see inside the vehicle. Buys appreciation without question most of the time. We have never asked to even have the safes opened! I still can't believe it, but it is true.
Now, try and cross without saying anything about firearms or ammo or handing over a permit if you have one and if they so much as suspect you are carrying (either direction) you are going to find yourself in your underwear with your hubcaps by the side of the road, so to speak.
Don't take any potato guns into Idaho!