U.S. Law Shield
May 23, 2014
U.S. Law Shield
New States Added to U.S Law Shield Multi-State
Great news, Colorado Members! We have added four states to our Multi-State Program! These states are added free of charge to our current Multi-State Program to help you be even better protected when outside the state of Colorado. If you travel to other states with the Multi-State Program and have a legal use of your firearm, you will have continued seamless coverage.

If you don't already have Multi-State coverage added on to your membership, then consider having the additional peace of mind. With the newly added states to the multi-state program, the membership ad-on is still only $2.95 a month!

New states added to our Multi-State Program include:

Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey

To add on the Multi-State option to your membership or for more information, please log in to our Member Portal or call our office at 877-474-7184 and we will be happy to assist you.
Attention Colorado Members: New Free Report
Behind Enemy Lines:
A Guide to Traveling through Firearms-Hostile States
As summer approaches, some will be vacationing and traveling outside of Colorado (we won�t hold that against you). Naturally, no Coloradoan wants to travel unarmed if they can help it, but unfortunately not every state shares the same views on gun ownership and gun rights as we do in the Centennial State. This is especially true in the northeast corner and west coast of the United States. How then does a person pass through states that have overly restrictive firearms laws or those different from Colorado? For example, how does a person legally pass through a state that prohibits the possession of a handgun without a license from that state? This newsletter will address the federal statute that allows travel between states with differing gun laws. It is beyond the scope of this current piece, however, to address the law in all 50 states. So remember, check the laws of your destination state carefully.

Federal Law:

Federal law allows individuals who are legally in possession of firearms in their state (the starting point of traveling) to travel through states that are not as friendly. This protection is only available under federal law to transport such firearms across state lines for lawful purposes as long as they comply with the requirements of the Firearm Owners Protection Act, 18 U.S. Code � 926A, nicknamed the Safe Passage provision.

The first requirement to qualify under the federal Safe Passage provision is that throughout the duration of the trip through the anti-firearm state, the firearm must be unloaded and locked in the trunk, or locked in a container that is out of reach or not readily accessible. The ammunition also must be locked in the trunk or a container. Note that for the storage of both firearms and ammunition the glove box and center console compartment are specifically not allowed.

Start � End:

To get protection under federal law, a gun owner�s journey must start and end in states where the traveler�s possession of the firearm is legal; for instance, starting in Colorado and ending in Vermont. Even though a person must drive through New York or Massachusetts to get to Vermont (New York and Massachusetts being states that prohibit a person from even possessing a handgun without its state license), as long as the person qualifies under the Safe Passage provision then they should be able to pass through. However, if the start point was Colorado and the end point was New York, since the end point is not a legal place a Colorado resident could possess a handgun (assuming they do not have a New York license), there is no protection under the federal law.

Keep in mind that whenever a person finally completes traveling and reaches their destination state, the laws of that state control the possession, carrying, and use of the firearm. Federal law does not make it legal or provide any protection for possession of a firearm that is illegal under the laws of the destination state (i.e., the end state of your travels).

What is Traveling � What is Not?

The final requirement for protection under the federal law is that individuals MUST be �traveling� while in the firearm hostile state. The legal definition of �Traveling� is both murky and narrow. The Safe Passage protection has been held in courts to be limited to situations that strictly fit traveling and nothing more. Traveling is a term that is not defined in the federal statute; however, it has received treatment in the courts that is indicative of what one can expect. Generally speaking, if a person stops somewhere for too long they cease to be �traveling� and, therefore, lose their protection under the Safe Passage provision. How long this is has not been ruled on definitively.

While stopping for gas or restroom breaks may not disqualify a person from the �Traveling� protection, any stop for an activity not directly related to travelling could be considered a destination and thus you would lose the legal protection. For example, in Chicago anyone in the city for more than 24 hours is not considered to be traveling under local policy. In an actual case, stopping for a brief nap in a bank parking lot in New Jersey caused a Texan driving back home from Maine to lose the �Traveling� protection. He received 5 years in prison for possession of weapons that are illegal under New Jersey law. The moral of these stories is to travel through these states that have major legislation against guns as fast as one can (without breaking the speed limit, of course).

You May Be Arrested Anyway!

To make matters even worse for firearms travelers, even if a person qualifies for protection under the federal Safe Passage provision, New Jersey and New York seem quite proud to treat this protection as an affirmative defense. This means that someone can be arrested even though they were meeting all of the requirements under the federal statute. Then, they would have go to court to assert this defense. In other words, while a person could beat the rap, they will not beat the ride! This becomes even more troublesome in the instance of someone who is legally flying with their firearm, and then due to flight complications must land in New Jersey or New York, as many have been arrested or threatened with arrest.

Once again, the Safe Passage provision only applies while a person is traveling; as soon as they arrive at their destination and cease their travels, the laws of that state control a person�s actions. U.S. Law Shield of Colorado wishes everyone safe travels, and hopes that its members won�t forget to pack their guns if they can. Remember: check all applicable state firearms laws!
Featured Colorado Seminars & Workshops
Mark your calendars and join us at our upcoming seminars and workshops as U.S. Law Shield Firearms Program Attorneys separate legal fact from fiction! Learn about firearms and self-defense law that every gun owner should know.

At U.S. Law Shield we are proud to team-up with our friends at the state's premier gun ranges and facilities. We strive to educate as many gun owners as possible so they can carry and use their firearms safely and legally.

Come out to meet your program attorneys at Centennial Gun Club and DCF Guns seminars! Hear topics such as Colorado Deadly Force Laws, Civil Liability, What To Do with Law Enforcement. And, join us at DCF Guns for a workshop exclusively on What To Do When Law Enforcement Arrives.


Gun Law Seminar and NFA Trust Workshop
Saturday, May 24 at Centennial Gun Club
Gun Law Seminar: 1 to 4 p.m.
NFA Trust Workshop: 4 to 6 p.m.
11800 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial, CO 80111

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Gun Law Workshop: When Law Enforcement Arrives
Saturday, May 31
4 to 5 p.m. at DCF Guns
1155 Park St., Castle Rock, CO 80109

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Gun Law Seminar
Thursday, June 5
7 to 10 p.m. at DCF Guns
1155 Park St., Castle Rock, CO 80109

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