It should be noted that depending on your state of residence, the state of issuance, the states through which you plan on traveling, the type of firearm, and your willingness to pay applicable permit fees, there are certain permits availble that make interstate travel with a firearm perfectly legal. This is most common in teh southern states. Also note that many states have regulations which may allow or disallow the transport of firearms across thier borders regardless of other permits. There is no federal permit for interstate transportation of firearms. A cursory internet search should provide any interested parties with enough basic information and contact channels through which more information can be obtained.
Anyone considering purchasing a firearm for any purpose should first consider all legalities as well as proper saftey and use training.
As for the false sense of security some claim firearms provide, the same can be said for any manner of devensive tools and techniques with which the user is neither familiar nor comfortable.
As a man I do not pretend to know the true reality of what women may have to deal with. However, having listened to many women talk about saftey concerns and solutions, basic women's specific self-defense techniques seem popular and effective in both providing practical tools and techniques for defense but also in increasing self confidence, if it's lacking in the first place, in many situations, both threatening and otherwise.
[edit: 4/10/06, 7:25 pm] I should clarify that regardless of permits, National and State parks generally prohibit firearms. Some parks will allow firearms if the carrier notifies a ranger prior to entry and if the firearm is unloaded, cased, broken down if possible, and out of sight. These restrictions won't neccessarily prevent interstate travel but may seriously reduce your camping options.[end of edit]
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i'd rather be biking.
This message was edited by tofubicycle on 4-10-06 @ 4:29 PM