Can I Carry A Gun While Hiking in New York?

Hiking has always been for the bold and brave. But there are many hazards to bear before you set out on a hike. But you won’t see patrol units or security checkpoints on hiking trails.

So, you’re your security force. While you can hope for lady luck for a safe hike, arming yourself with pepper spray and tasers doesn’t sound bad.

Carrying a gun may also be reassuring if you know how to handle one. But you can’t carry a gun with you everywhere you go. So there are limits you need to keep in mind.

Carrying a gun isn’t legal on all hiking trails in New York. Due to several cases of public shootings, stringent gun laws frown on the public possession of guns. But you can carry a gun without trouble if you get special permission. However, New York has a long list of areas prohibiting gun possession.

Can You Carry a Gun While Hiking in New York?

Can I Carry a Gun While Hiking In New York

You can’t carry a gun legally on all hiking trails in New York. Under the new gun laws, the government lists some areas as “sensitive locations.”

So, no civilian should carry a gun in any area that falls on that list. You’ll get into trouble carrying a gun even if you have a concealed carry permit.

Usually, only security personnel can access those areas with their firearms.

But when you hear about human and animal attacks on hikers, you can’t help but consider safety measures.

The rate of such attacks is on the downside, but everyone prefers to be safe rather than sorry. So, why not take your licensed gun when hiking for self-protection?

The government is very aware of the risks to hikers on trails. Although trails lack security checkpoints, the safety of hikers is still a top priority.

Security personnel performs routine inspections and security sweeps across trails to identify and remove any threats. Officers have to make trails safe for hikers.

New York gun laws also consider alcohol use and gun possession. As such, the law bans the carrying of firearms in bars/restaurants that serve alcohol.

The use of alcohol is likely to happen during a hike. So it’s not best to have a gun around you when you feel intoxicated.

You can always keep your alcohol intake minimum if you have a gun. But it’s best to avoid that scenario altogether by leaving your gun home.

Can You Carry a Firearm in New York State Parks?

A section of the New York gun law bars carrying a concealed firearm in the state/national parks.

The list includes state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

But the management of many State parks decried the law. They said visitors had had guns on their properties for years without accidents.

One cause of uncertainty with the New York gun law is the lack of a clear description of “sensitive locations.”

Some parks are unsure if their areas are “sensitive locations.” So, that now depends on the park where you find yourself.

Some parks prohibit firearms, but others permit them if you have a concealed carry license. There’s also an exception for hunters.

In some cases, licensed hunters can carry a rifle in New York State parks. But that is only valid during the hunting season and in some parks.

Besides that, even licensed hunters will be in trouble for carrying firearms in New York State parks.

So, before taking your firearm to a New York State park, check if it allows firearms. If you carry a firearm into a restricted area, you may get a violation fine.

The matter can end with a simple warning at first. But multiple firearm violation counts can lead to an arrest.

Some laws bar non-residents of New York from carrying guns. That’s because their records won’t be in the concealed carry registry.

So anyone that isn’t a New Yorker must request a permit from the State for a concealed carry license. Otherwise, carrying a weapon in public under any circumstance would be illegal.

Below is information about some New York State parks and if they allow gun possession.

State ParkGun Possession Status
Adirondacks ParkYes
Harriman State ParkNo
Rockefeller State Park ReserveYes
Gantry Plaza State ParkNo
Storm King State ParkNo

Should You Bring a Gun When Hiking?

Carrying a gun can mean that you have a form of protection, but there are risks tied to firearms.

So, gun laws clamp down on public use because of the chances of accidents linked to guns.

In most cases, you can quickly get a license to keep a firearm on your private property in New York. But taking your weapon beyond those boundaries is another matter entirely.

New York is one of the States that allows handlers to carry concealed weapons. But even that license has its limits, and there’s a limit to the areas where it applies.

Whether you conceal your gun or not, it’ll become a thing of interest in public areas. On the one hand, only some people would feel at ease around a gun if you’re with a group of hikers.

A gun on a hiking trip will ring all the wrong bells if you have kids around. Adults may be able to adjust to the sight of a gun, but kids will get curious.

Also, there’s the tendency for people to want to handle a gun for the first time. Hollywood action movies sometimes unconsciously portray guns as “cool” stuff.

Then the whole message against gun violence gets lost in curiosity. So, chances are that someone may get “trigger happy” if you carry a gun while hiking.

A professional gun handler would know the safety measures when using a gun. But in untrained hands, the gun will be a threat to the handler as well as other people around.

As such, there’ll be no limit to the scale of damage that can happen in that instance. So, it’s not a good idea to go hiking with a gun.

You can consider other options if you choose to carry a gun as means of protecting yourself. For example, assess the safety of your hiking trails and be precise with your route.

Always remember that there’s strength in numbers. So set out on your hikes with your friends. Besides, hiking isn’t much fun when you do it alone.

How Many Rounds Can I Carry When Hiking?

The limit is ten rounds of ammunition for areas that permit gun possession. Anything above that limit will fetch you a violation fine or even an arrest.

But the gun laws make an exception for tubular devices whose designs operate only with .22 caliber rimfire ammunition or a feeding device that’s a curio or relic.

That’s the only case where a gun handler may have more than ten rounds of ammunition because the firearm cannot take up less than that amount.

New York gun laws frown on modifying feeding devices to accept more than ten ammunition rounds. Such devices could be belts, drums, feed strips, or magazines.

Even the transportation and possession of such feeding devices is an illegal act. Also, New York restricts armor-piercing ammunition and bullets with explosive substances.

Conclusion

You can carry a gun while hiking in New York if your trail doesn’t fall along a “sensitive location.” So, that presents a limitation even if you have a concealed carry license.

Also, some State parks allow licensed hunters to carry rifles during the hunting season. When gun possession is legal, you have a limit of ten rounds of ammunition.

Carrying Guns on the Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail (AT) is in the wilderness.

Barney Fife does not patrol the AT to make sure you’re OK. There are no toilet paper vending machines, water fountains or privacy curtains.

The AT is followed by imperfect people through an imperfect environment.

An increasingly common question about hiking the AT goes like this, “I was wondering if carrying guns on the Appalachian Trail is legal because [insert reason here]. Can I?”

I have two daughters and six grandchildren. They live in tougher, more dangerous places than the environs of the Appalachian Trail. I, personally, suggest that they learn self-defense techniques and carry pepper spray. You might disagree. That’s OK. We all live in imperfect environments. We need to be prepared for the unexpected, wherever we are.

You might want to carry a firearm on the trail or you might not want anybody but law enforcement officers to be armed. That’s OK.

If you need specific legal counsel about carrying guns

  • who can carry
  • what they can carry
  • where they can carry it

please contact an attorney. The information presented here is subject to change and might not be accurate.

(In other words, if you choose to pop a handgun in your backpack and you’re busted, please don’t tell the authorities we led you to believe packing a weapon was as simple as carrying concealed Cheetos.)

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Overview of Appalachian Trail Gun Laws

Roughly 40% of the Appalachian Trail is on land owned by the national park system. Even if you have enough gun permits to wallpaper the Taj Mahal, you are not allowed to discharge a firearm on federal land, except for highly restricted hunting.

  • Some states allow hikers to carry weapons that are not concealed.
  • Most states require a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
  • Some states will honor carry/conceal permits granted by other states.
  • Some states will NOT honor carry/conceal permits granted by other states.
  • In some states, even Superman cannot get a permit to carry a weapon.
  • Vermont, on the other hand, allows almost anyone over 16 to carry a concealed weapon.

The AT passes through fourteen separate states. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the questions about who can carry what weapon where.

The Bottom Line on Carrying Guns on the AT

There are probably exceptions (why else would God have created lawyers?) but, generally speaking, a weapon in a backpack that is not openly visible is a concealed weapon. To carry a concealed weapon you must comply with each state’s individual laws.

If you have a valid conceal/carry weapon permit issued by a particular state, you may click on the link below to see which other states might honor your permit.

We urge you not to ignore laws pertaining to concealed weapons. You might find yourself in life-changing trouble.

More links about guns on the Appalachian Trail

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Appalachian Swede on Apr 20, 2015
I carry a Colt 1873 “Peacemaker” reproduction Uberti revolver chambered in .45 Long Colt. It is with me whenever and wherever I go hiking, camping and backpacking including on the Appalachian Trail. I carry it concealed in an accessory pack on my side so as not to freak out other hikers. I carry it because I am away from civilization, not the world. I carry it because if I were to find myself in a life threatening situation where I had to defend myself, law enforcement would be somewhere else. Their response would be measured in miles and hours provided one had the presence of mind to attempt a cell phone call during panic. Yes, there is a chance of being caught with it. Probably about the same odds of winning the Power Ball Lottery five times in a row. So, I’ll take my chances and bask in the warm glow of peace of mind. 🙂

Bob on Jul 7, 2016
The Colt is a lot of gun. For those of us who are more concerned with weight, I carried a Keltec .32 on the southern half. I was uncomfortable with the small caliber, but it weighs 9.6 oz unloaded and less than a pound with a full 8 round clip. In the north, I switched to the Ruger 380. 9.6oz. empty. I haven’t weighed it loaded, but I’m happier with the 380 no matter what the ammo adds.

John Schamel on Apr 24, 2015
I concur with Swede. If it’s concealed, no one is going to know you have it so no big deal. An Law Enforcement professional would have to have Reasonable Articulable Suspicion to search you and if you are not brandishing, bragging or posing a threat to anyone, no way you’ll ever get in trouble.

Appalachian Swede on Apr 26, 2015
That’s right. What cop is going to look at a hiker and think, “I’ll bet that guy has an illegal gun in his pack”? Another hiker could conceivably rat on you. When I day and section hiked the AT in Georgia and North Carolina last year I open carried. Other backpackers I met on the trail had positive reactions. Comments ranged from “cool” to “I’m glad to see someone carries besides me”. Some wanted to hold my “Peacemaker”. One thru-hiker in North Carolina told me he had never seen anybody carry a gun on the AT and asked politely if he could take my picture.

Nimx on Apr 24, 2015
You’re almost certain to be caught with the weapon if you are forced to brandish or use it. If the situation is truly life threatening, then you have nothing to lose. But regardless, if you are forced to shoot another hiker, or wildlife in a state where the weapon is illegal, chances are you’re going to jail for a long time whether or not it’s in self defense. I guess you just need to weigh your options very carefully.

Appalachian Swede on Apr 26, 2015
Yeah, I’ve thought about it before I ever bought my first gun years ago. I’m not worried about getting in trouble over shooting a hog or bear attacking me. The chances of getting caught are microscopic anyway. As for another hiker I’m not going to become a victim and end up like poor 24 year old Meredith Emerson who was kidnapped, beaten, raped, murdered and decapitated a few years ago by a scull crusher lurking on the AT here in Georgia.

Hoss on Aug 6, 2016
I wouldn’t hike in Yankee states, sumbitches want folk to be trail bait. Prefer 12 gauge pump in my pack.

Freethinker02 on Nov 15, 2015
Throwing an innocent person in jail after using a firearm for valid self-defense–even where said firearm is not technically legal–is like charging a prostitute with solicitation after she gets raped. It’s immoral and disgusting.

No self-respecting jury would throw a young woman in prison for having an “illegal” firearm after she used it to fight off a rapist on the AT.

Nate Opgenorth on May 27, 2016
Problem is finding a self respecting Jury. but generally I agree..that said I’d bring a gun you don’t care about because you might not see it for a while if the police take it from you. Even in 100% justified shootings they drag their feet because its “evidence”, he pulled first and I shot him what else is there to it? Lol

Scott Pentheny on Jan 23, 2016
I carried a .22 survival rifle on the trail I used it to supplement food. Reactions were very mixed BUT, no one (other than the vegetarians) turned down fresh meat at camp (this included the folks who were scared of guns). I changed quite a few opinions (about guns) on the trail just by showing that it could be done responsibly.

annie_on_the_trail on Apr 15, 2016
I’d like to point out that a “weapon in a backpack” is as useless as not having one at all. You conceal a weapon within easy reach, not on your back. And, yes, I legally conceal carry at all times, including on the trail.

Nate Opgenorth on May 26, 2016
It might protect you legally. Say if you had a handgun in a small logbox or with a gun lock through it with the magazines in your pocket and the ammo in a baggie or even loaded magazines in your pocket. I know in some states if you don’t have a carry permit that is enough, I believe in my state that is the protocol for persons transporting a handgun while riding a bicycle or on foot, then again I live in NYS and the laws always change but every pistol permit in this state is a carry permit but Judges put administrative restrictions on them and what is “proper transportation” is anyones guess. however in a state like NJ or MD I would NOT want to test this out, especially NJ. luckily Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania offer non-resident permits practically shall issue (NH you can open carry no permit needed), CT non-resident permits are always shall issue, MA permits are kind of a pain because you need to show up in person to apply and have the permit signed by a State Police Lieutenant Colonel or higher. so you could probably do it. although MA permits are $100 for only one year :O I live in NYS so I have a NYS Pistol permit but for non-residents is almost impossible unless you lived in NYS and moved and your Judge isn’t a jerk and lets you change your address (surprisingly common) or you have a part time home or business in NY State (very common). Maryland, New Jersey and New York would be the big obstacles, you’d have to look up the legal ways to transport a firearm in a backpack on foot so that you would be in compliance with the federal law that protects firearm owners while traveling through states that do not allow certain firearms (FOPA). I suppose you could “cheat” and skip around Maryland by taking the long path through West Virginia and PA and then (smartly) go around NJ and then you’d only have to deal with New York for a little bit, then you could “cheat” again and go straight to Vermont (constitutional carry) and avoid CT and MA if you didn’t want to get their non-resident permits. although the CT permit is pretty easy to get, they can be picky with the finger prints (they complain about them being smudged or incorrectly done a lot so just make sure you get a cop to do it and have him sign with his badge number, I did this for one of my permits and they were very friendly about it despite the cop who did it not really knowing how to do finger prints very well LOL). Then through New Hampshire you could open carry without a permit and then Maine is constitutional carry similar to Vermont. Seams like a lot of effort but a hike like this will have a lot of planning so what’s the process of getting a few more permits and a little extra planning? I certainly value both my freedom (as in not being in prison) as well as my life (as in not being a defenseless subject against God only knows what). I wouldn’t hike the Appalachian trail without at least some kind of handgun on my side, even if I had to store it in a backpack through certain parts to comply with the law (although concealed is concealed). I say get a Glock 20 or Glock 29 with some 10rd magazines or a nice reasonable sized revolver in .357, .44, or .460 Magnum and be prepared.

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annie_on_the_trail on May 26, 2016
I didn’t make it through your novel, er, message :-), but you sound like you’ve done your research. However, I stand by my assertion that a gun in a backpack, separated from the ammo, or inhibited by a trigger lock is USELESS. Dead weight. Pun intended.

Nate Opgenorth on May 26, 2016
Ha it is a bit of a novel but if you had the right amount of carry permits you wouldn’t need to store it in a backpack for the most part. I certainly agree though, a gun without a round in the chamber is somewhat useless because a split second threat won’t wait for you to rack a round in the chamber. I just know a lot about CCW reciprocity and from living in NYS where you either know the law or you are screwed when it comes to guns.

Yankeebill on Jul 11, 2017
Most states that allow a non-resident to carry openly require a cwp from the person’s state of residence, as does New Hampshire. Vermont is an exception. Several states that have issued non-resident permits in the past have tightened up their requirements and increased fees significantly, or quit issuing them altogether. I would still carry. I too am more Leary of two-legged predators than those with four legs. A short barreled, stainless Ruger Vaquero in 45ACP works for me. Fairly non-attendance, but gets the job done. Also, I have cwps in several eastern seaboard states, but CT, MA, NY, MD, & VA I would be very careful in.

Nate Opgenorth on May 26, 2016
Long post but if you are serious about Appalacian trail and carrying legally or semi-legally or whatever give it a read; Like I posted below NY, NJ, MD are your “impossible” states unless you live in NY or have a business in NY then you can get a NYS Pistol permit (hiking is always allowed with a NYS Pistol permit). Luckily Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania offer non-resident permits practically shall issue (NH you can open carry no permit needed), CT non-resident permits are always shall issue, MA permits are kind of a pain because you need to show up in person to apply and have the permit signed by a State Police Lieutenant Colonel or higher. so you could probably do it. although MA permits are $100 for only one year :O I live in NYS so I have a NYS Pistol permit but for non-residents is almost impossible unless you lived in NYS and moved and your Judge isn’t a jerk and lets you change your address (surprisingly common) or you have a part time home or business in NY State (very common). Maryland, New Jersey and New York would be the big obstacles, you’d have to look up the legal ways to transport a firearm in a backpack on foot so that you would be in compliance with the federal law that protects firearm owners while traveling through states that do not allow certain firearms (FOPA). I suppose you could “cheat” and skip around Maryland by taking the long path through West Virginia and PA (permitless open carry allowed outside Philly) and then (smartly) go around NJ and then you’d only have to deal with New York for a little bit, then you could “cheat” again and go straight to Vermont (constitutional carry) and avoid CT and MA if you didn’t want to get their non-resident permits. although the CT permit is pretty easy to get, they can be picky with the finger prints (they complain about them being smudged or incorrectly done a lot so just make sure you get a cop to do it and have him sign with his badge number, I did this for one of my permits and they were very friendly about it despite the cop who did it not really knowing how to do finger prints very well LOL). Then through New Hampshire you could open carry without a permit and then Maine is constitutional carry similar to Vermont. Seams like a lot of effort but a hike like this will have a lot of planning so what’s the process of getting a few more permits and a little extra planning? I certainly value both my freedom (as in not being in prison) as well as my life (as in not being a defenseless subject against God only knows what). I wouldn’t hike the Appalachian trail without at least some kind of handgun on my side, even if I had to store it in a backpack through certain parts to comply with the law (although concealed is concealed). I say get a Glock 20 or Glock 29 with some 10rd magazines or a nice reasonable sized revolver in .357, .44, or .460 Magnum and be prepared.

hjc4604 on Aug 22, 2016
“I have two daughters and six grandchildren. They live in tougher, more dangerous places than the environs of the Appalachian Trail. I, personally, suggest that they learn self-defense techniques and carry pepper spray. You might disagree.”

I do disagree as I have a daughter and 3 sons. See below.

“Probably the most infamous AT crime of the past decade was the murder of hiker Meredith Emerson in 2008. The 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate was hiking with her dog, Ella, on New Year’s Day in the Blood Mountain, Georgia, area of the Appalachian Trail.
She was attacked, kidnapped and killed four days later by serial killer Gary Michael Hilton. He received a life sentence in Georgia for Emerson’s killing. Hilton is also serving a life sentence without parole for kidnapping, robbing and murdering John and Irene Bryant while they were out for a hike in Pisgah National Forest in 2007.

Those types of crimes, Sommerville said, are even more rare. But hikers would do well to follow safety precautions.”

The article omits the fact that Ms. Emerson had a blue belt in an unspecified martial art and disarmed her attacker of a knife and a police baton before he finally subdued her. Her 60 year old 160 pound (She was 24 and 120 pounds) murderer said, ” She almost beat me”. I have little doubt that had she been armed, he would be dead or wounded and she would still be alive. Obviously the dog was useless as a defender. He didn’t kill the dog. Fortunately he was extradited to Florida for a similar murder and was sentenced to death. He had confessed to Meredith’s murder in return for taking the death penalty off the table in Georgia. He was sentenced to Life in North Carolina for murdering John and Irene Bryant in 2007.
Unfortunately Florida will probably have to re-do sentencing him to death after the Supreme Court of the US ruled Florida’s Death Penalty process unConstitutional in January, 2016.

edward woc on Mar 19, 2017
That’s what is wrong with our country today. Do you think in a NY minute that our forth father would have went westward with out protection. I am a former Marine and I believe the right to carry arms. I don’t want my name to be on the headlines of a local paper “Another hiker killed again by a serial killer”on the AT.”. The law need to be changed so that folks wishing to carry protection on the AT should be allowed to if the have a federal permit to do so, and it should no take an act of congress for a person to get one. With today’s internet it should be a fairly easy process who is permit worthy. Just a thought from a former US Marine.

Dave on Jul 16, 2017
When carrying in a National Park you must follow your State’s laws. A bill was passed in 2010 allowing carry in the parks.

It’s your second amendment right people. And as long as you’re not in some backwards ass state you carry as you see fit.

Captain Info on Oct 28, 2017
I have to agree with Mr. Velasquez- there are definitely places where you are allowed to discharge a firearm on federal land. I have gone through thousands of cartridges on BLM land. That stands for Bureau of Land Management, which is under the Department of the Interior.

This was in California even, which is full of the darn liberal hippies that beg for new unnecessary laws, damn conservatives demanding all ridiculous rules are obeyed without question, and those lousy professional tax payer-funded extortionists- I mean “Peace Officers”- whose only thought upon seeing a person is, “What can I bust them for and how much money will that make?” They don’t care about how their actions usually ruin people’s lives and get them locked in a cage defending themselves from homosexual rape, that’s not their job because it doesn’t make any cash for them or their department. So, hiding an easily-accessible handgun on a hiking trail is definitely the way to go in order to protect yourself. I prefer a double action revolver, as they are almost impossible to jam (even full of mud- just check that the barrel is clear, of course) and the only thing you need to do in order to operate it is squeeze the trigger. No thinking about what actions are necessary, and if you need more than six rounds of .357 S&W Magnum then God save us all. No black bear or human will come back fighting after that, I promise.

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Also, if I’m not mistaken, you can sleep with a loaded gun while in a tent on National Forest and National Park land, as the tent is considered your temporary home. Firing a gun there is no longer allowed, at least in California, for some most likely illogical reason other than making money through fining people, or “extortion” as it’s known everywhere else.

I’m almost certain there are more instances where guns are allowed on federal land, but I can’t remember what they are. Maybe the author will correct this article after he’s researched all of them. Happy hiking!

Can I Carry A Gun While Hiking in Washington?

However, due to killings in Washington and the risks hikers face during hiking, there is a need to possess a firearm or other weapons for self-defense.

Even if it seems essential, the question remains if it is legal to carry a gun even if it is openly concealed when going on a hike.

Carrying a gun or firearms for hiking is legal in Washington as long as you have the permit and license to carry such weapons. However, even though carrying a gun is legal, carrying it openly in places like schools, government officials gathering, churches, playgrounds, and parks are illegal. You would be punished if found with a gun in such areas.

Can You Carry a Gun While Hiking In Washington?

Can I Carry a Gun While Hiking In Washington

You can carry a gun while hiking for your safety and self-defense. In addition, you can use it to defend yourself in the case of any predator.

Nevertheless, you must get a license or permit for any arms in your possession. To avoid arrest if you’re found with an arm.

Though some hikers don’t necessarily see the use of guns while going to the forest, they take food, water, sweaters, and tents and mostly take knives instead of guns.

Most hikers do not take guns along because of the danger attached to them. Guns can serve as an extra load because it is heavy.

Also, it can harm someone if the trigger is accidentally pulled, which becomes an offense.

So people who wish to carry guns for hiking should receive proper training on handling them.

If guns seem too heavy, it is better to carry something you can easily use. And also, if you did not receive proper training on using guns, using them might be a risk factor.

It is also improper for kids or younger children not up to the legal age of possessing alms to be given these items during hiking.

It might be difficult for them to handle and be mistakenly shot, which can harm the child or you if it was unintentionally pointed at you.

So if kids are going along with you, it is preferable if you don’t take things that threaten these children. Or if taken, it should be supervised and away from the children.

Can You Open Carry In National Parks In Washington?

Carrying guns in national parks is legal, but carrying them to the visitor’s session, offices, maintenance facilities, buildings for collection of fees, and other park buildings is prohibited.

For open carry, you must be 18 years or older and have a license or permit to possess firearms from any recognized state or agency. It also has limitations.

For concealed carry, you must be 21 years old or above and have the Concealed Carry Warrant (CCW) to carry a gun concealed. It doesn’t need a permit.

But it becomes illegal when the gun is used for illegal activities like robbery, fear, or pain or injury to a person’s body.

Also, using a gun to destroy any federal buildings in the park, animals, or any other significant object without permission is considered illegal.

Even carrying unloaded guns to prohibited locations for arms is also an offense that is punishable by the law.

For transportation of firearms, you must have a Concealed Carry Warrant (CCW) and a driver’s license to transport firearms from one place to another.

Although unlawful dealing, transportation, or firearms sales in any location or state, even in parks for terrorism or illicit actions, are also an offense.

Underage possession of guns or other dangerous materials like bombs in parks or closed parks is considered a criminal act, and the individual will face punishment.

Concealed Carry is not advisable in parks as you might be misunderstood, so open carry is legal and appropriate only if used accordingly and appropriately.

So if you want to use a gun or appropriately have it, it is a must to have your user’s license and permit to avoid arrest.

Should You Bring a Gun While Hiking In Washington?

Carrying a gun for hiking is based on a personal choice once all the legal requirements for having one are made.

Some hikers take only a knife when hiking, some take only guns, while others take both guns and knives.

Taking a gun or knife does not guarantee your safety unless you know how to use these items well.

It is essential to go for physical training on how to use guns if you intend to carry them along for hiking. Make sure you can use it very well. It is good to carry items and materials that will be important and useful to you.

Some of these that can be carried for hiking are;

  • Hiking backpack so that you can put other materials or items in it.
  • Thick clothes that are essential for the weather ( if the place’s weather for hiking is not cold, you can also take light clothes).
  • Plenty of food for your feeding on the journey.
  • Plenty of water, in case you get thirsty on the way.
  • Boots or shoes, thick shoes or boots suitable for hiking.
  • Navigation tools, tools such as maps and compass are needed.
  • First aid kit, in the case of an illness or injury.
  • Tools such as knives, guns, or other tools used for protection or other purposes.
  • Tents, in case you’ll want to pass the night on your journey.

Hiking alone isn’t advisable because of the dangers on your way or even in the case of sudden illness or injury.

Ensure to carry plenty of food and water when going on a hike to avoid dying of hunger or even getting too thirsty and hungry.

Taking appropriate clothes for the weather is also essential, it might be freezing there, and if you don’t take thick clothes and shoes, you might freeze to death.

What Kind of Gun Should I Take Hiking In Washington?

Although guns are legal when going hiking, some are illegal and have a criminal offense if caught with them on a hike.

Carrying silencers, riffles, or snipers is not advisable during hiking, but if there is a need to, it should be under the supervision of a law agency.

Due to the heavy nature of firearms, hikers are not advised to carry them. It is because it will become a burden to carry for the hiker.

Also, carrying a firearm will make you a threat to someone else who sees you, which might lead to a shooting.

Only open carry is permitted in parks, and no open fire or shooting shall occur unless in critical conditions when shooting is required.

In some places carrying weapons or guns is prohibited unless security agents or agencies. Places like;

  • Prisons, detention facilities, or jails ( only security agents are permitted to do so)
  • Courtyard or courtroom ( the judge has the right to possess one in his courtroom)
  • Law enforcement offices or buildings ( only law officers or agents are allowed to do so)
  • A polling unit or place ( security agents are permitted to possess arms)
  • A political meeting of government authorities ( only security officers are permitted to)

If you are found with guns or any other dangerous materials in these places, you’ll be arrested and taken in for questioning.

Some abbreviations associated with the legal possession of guns

AbbreviationsMeanings
OCOpen Carry
CCConcealed Carry
CCWConcealed Carry Warrant

Conclusion

If you’re to possess a gun, ensure you have a license or permit to carry such a weapon. And you must be of 18 years and above before you can receive a permit.

If you’re to carry it concealed, you must have the Concealed Carry Warrant CCW and must be of 21 years and above.

Source https://www.outdoorspree.com/can-carry-gun-while-hiking-in-new-york/

Source https://appalachiantrail.com/20150417/concealed-weapons-on-the-appalachian-trail/

Source https://www.outdoorspree.com/can-carry-gun-while-hiking-in-washington/

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