Basically, states will fall into a number of categories:
- States that recognize your carry permit
- States that do not recongnize your carry permit, but do not restrict ownership
- States that require permits or licenses for ownership, but abide by FOPA
- Thats that require permits or licenses and regularly violate FOPA.
If your carry permit
is recognized, you have no problems.
If you have a carry permit, you can determine which states will recognize it, here: Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Maps
States that don't recognize your permit will generally not have a problem, if you have it stored on the boat. A few states require registration
, permits, or licensing for simple possession firearms.
Along the Great Circle route
, these would be DC, IL, MA, MD, NJ, and NY.
There is a federal law that is supposed to provide an exemption from local laws for individuals who are travelling interstate with firearms: Firearm Owners Protection Act
According to this, if it is legal
for you to possess a firearm in the state you are leaving, and in the state you are travelling to, and you keep the gun unloaded and locked up, local laws don't apply.
Generally, this has been applied to people driving through states without stopping. If you're taking weeks to get through, you might have a harder time.
I'd skip NJ and NY, though. The NY Port Authority has a long-established practice of arresting and charging
everyone they catch with guns
, despite the federal protections. They've been slapped down by the courts a number of times, but they still continue.