« on: February 03, 2012, 08:34:10 am »
I too am considering my first long distance ride this spring going from Orlando to upstate NY, and have also considered bringing my weapon for protection. I do have a concealed weapons permit as well. The biggest concern with doing this is travelling through a state that does not reciprocate, meaning I could be committing a felony just by possessing the weapon. Some states that do not reciprocate do allow a traveller to pass through with their weapon but have strict requirements on how to carry it (must be unloaded, in an approved locking mechanism, etc etc). And some states do not allow this at all.
I would not recommend carrying one for protection against grizzly bears. Unless you're carrying something high caliber, you'll just piss him off.
I decided against carrying my weapon, too many different state requirements. My protection will be using common sense. If you do decide to carry your weapon, make sure you know each state's laws.