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GDC

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Posted: 07/12/20 04:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are planning to leave PA for CO in early August. I am looking for a route that avoids Illinois as both of us have carry permits and don't need the stress of crossing Illinois with firearms on top of the Covid issues. I'm thinking of crossing the Mississippi in KY or TN and cutting up to 70 through MO. Is this reasonable?

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Posted: 07/12/20 05:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you cross at Cairo you will be in IL for 1 mile as you go from the Ohio River Bridge to the Mississippi River Bridge. You can take 60 (divided hwy)across to near the Mo state line and either wander back up to I70 or do what I do and take 400/50 all the way to Pueblo which is often the route I take from Southern MO. The next crossing of the Mississippi south is the Dorena Hickman Ferry. The next south is at Dyersburg. http://dorena-hickmanferryboat.com/tolls.htm

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Posted: 07/12/20 05:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just store any weapons where you can’t get to them unloaded and the ammo in a different area. Don’t speed and you should be fine.


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Thanks Caver. Does the 400/50 route avoid Kansas City as well? We got hit by a guy who didn't understand how to merge in heavy traffic there a few years ago and my wife is a bit nervous to go through there again. Also how long does it take to get to Pueblo that way? We are ultimately heading to Castle Rock so heading north on i25 from Pueblo would work.

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If you want to check federal law on the subject of firearms transportation
18 USC
While I wouldn't disagree on avoiding foreign nations and their draconian laws. You can travel with it, but locked in a separate container from the ammunition for the duration of your transit.

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Just cruise on through. I do it once or twice a year. First they need to stop you. I haven't been stopped for a traffic violation in twenty five years. I'm not in a hurry and prefer 62-65 and keep an eye open for speed changes. Cruise control is your friend just enjoy the corn harvest till you get to Missouri.


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Posted: 07/12/20 08:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GDC wrote:

Thanks Caver. Does the 400/50 route avoid Kansas City as well?


Yes by a long shot. I hate I70 across Missouri and not fond of the part through downtown KC. Also, you avoid the toll road. If you got to Springfield google maps has you routing around Joplin. Those are very rural roads but are paved. You can go through Joplin and join up with 400/50. It also suggest going to Wichita and joining back up with I70 but I prefer the less traveled roads. I would check conditions around Wichita as there was heavy road construction east of the city when I was through there last September.

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You can have your guns loaded in your vehicle with your permit. You can’t get out of your vehicle with it. That Illinois law. Go to Illinoiscarry.com and read up


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Don't worry about traveling thru IL. There's a lot of BS on the internet repeated by people who don't have a clue about IL law. IL firearm laws are not as onerous as some of these ill-informed internet firearm 'experts' portray.
As long as you have a valid CCW from your home state you can have a loaded firearm in your vehicle while traveling thru IL.
Here's IL's statute:
430 ILCS 66/40
(e) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a non-resident from transporting a concealed firearm within his or her vehicle in Illinois, if the concealed firearm remains within his or her vehicle and the non-resident:
(1) is not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law;
(2) is eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of his or her state or territory of residence, as evidenced by the possession of a concealed carry license or permit issued by his or her state of residence, if applicable; and
(3) is not in possession of a license under this Act.
If the non-resident leaves his or her vehicle unattended, he or she shall store the firearm within a locked vehicle or locked container within the vehicle in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 65 of this Act.


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Not sure the gun laws in Ill, or any other state would rank very high on my list of worries.
Last time I was in Ill in pickup, stopped at a rest area. Half a dozen LEO had some guys chained up behind a old car. 2 where going thru pockets, 2 going thru car. The other 2 where about 20 ft away holding pistols pointed towards the old car. I asked "Is it safe to go to bathroom?" Just don't get between us and those guys. I could see, about 50 feet past "those guys" was the restroom door. "Does everybody in that restroom know you are putting their lives at risk?"
While you are looking up the gun laws, might want to check into Civil Asset Forfeiture rules for states you will go thru.

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