For those with concealed carry permits, you are probably in a routine of where you carry, when you don’t, and how to approach certain situations. But when it comes to family vacation, do you know what to do? Keeping your family safe may depend on your decisions.
Keep These Tips in Mind
Carrying your firearm with you on vacation really isn’t all that different from your normal routine. However, the small differences are crucial to understand. Here a few of the most important things to keep in mind:
- Where are you going? Local laws, regulations and restrictions vary from city to city and state to state. Before heading out, investigate the rules. When flying, look at the TSA website for regulations on checking firearms in your luggage. Small slipups can cause major issues if you aren’t careful.
- Always maintain control. When on vacation, people have a tendency to do things they usually don’t. This may include being extra active, trying out new activities, or switching up routines. When you’re not familiar with a certain situation, be extra careful. It may be best to carry a smaller firearm in these conditions.
- Watch the alcohol. For people who enjoy drinking, vacation is often a time of increased alcohol consumption. When carrying, ensure you are always sober and alert by abstaining from alcohol.
- Proper storage. Much like you shouldn't leave your firearm lying around in your home, be sure to safely secure any handgun when staying in a hotel with housekeeping. If your room offers a lock box or safe, this is the optimal place to store it when you aren’t carrying.
- Understand that sometimes you simply cannot take your firearms with you. There are always alternative forms of protection to consider.