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dandingo13
08-09-2012, 11:50 AM
I found a thread from '09 but wanted to confirm that it is still legal. Thanks in advance!

Hoop
08-09-2012, 11:58 AM
Call the hotel or check online, if it's one that hunters frequent in a hillbilly state then I don't see it being a problem. I would be VERY nervous about leaving firearms in a hotel room though as housekeeping always seems to have sticky fingers.

Cologne? Gone. Nice hat? Gone. Watch? Gone. Phone charger? Gone. Music CDs? Gone. 3$ worth of spare change? Pfft no contest.

I had one place steal gourmet coffee packets from me.

dandingo13
08-09-2012, 12:11 PM
Call the hotel or check online, if it's one that hunters frequent in a hillbilly state then I don't see it being a problem. I would be VERY nervous about leaving firearms in a hotel room though as housekeeping always seems to have sticky fingers.

Cologne? Gone. Nice hat? Gone. Watch? Gone. Phone charger? Gone. Music CDs? Gone. 3$ worth of spare change? Pfft no contest.

I had one place steal gourmet coffee packets from me.

Going to Bakersfield for the night with my wife, who has a meeting the next morning. I won't be leaving the hotel since she'll have the car and we leave immediately after the meeting.

It will be in a locked container and fully legal.

hornswaggled
08-09-2012, 12:50 PM
Yes I believe it is legal as it is your place of residence (albeit temporary). It may be against hotel policy.

ptoguy2002
08-09-2012, 1:09 PM
Never spent a night in a motel 6 without one.

SilverTauron
08-09-2012, 3:15 PM
It depends on the hotel.

I stayed overnight at a Ramada Inn following a concert,and they didn't have any policies prohibiting weapons in the hotel. Just be very discreet about transporting guns into and out of your room;no "TEAM GLOCK" hats or blue gun boxes marked "Smith and Wesson". Even if the policy's kosher, you don't want the hotel staff to know you have hardware on the premesis.

dantodd
08-09-2012, 3:20 PM
It will be in a locked container and fully legal.

you should keep it loaded and handy while you're in the room, it's not as useful all locked up.

safewaysecurity
08-09-2012, 3:44 PM
Legal. And you can keep it loaded as I'd you were in your own home.

CSACANNONEER
08-09-2012, 3:57 PM
I have plenty of friends who regularly take their 50BMGs into hotel casinos in Reno.

Also, why would you check into a hotel room with a gun and then keep it locked and unloaded? You'ld be better off with pepper spray.

unusedusername
08-09-2012, 3:58 PM
Yes, it is legal to have a loaded and/or concealed firearm in your hotel room in CA. It is not legal to carry around the hotel outside of your room (similar to condos) without a LTC.

Also be aware that you are under no obligation to inform the hotel ahead of time, just like you don't need to tell your landlord ahead of time if you are a renter.

Personally, I would not tell the hotel staff at all.

greg36f
08-09-2012, 4:10 PM
Going to Bakersfield for the night with my wife, who has a meeting the next morning. I won't be leaving the hotel since she'll have the car and we leave immediately after the meeting.

It will be in a locked container and fully legal.

Bring two!!!!! Big ones!!!!

Also check out Buck Owen's Crystal Palace if is still open.......

Then LEAVE!!!!

Dokbrick
08-09-2012, 4:19 PM
I've done it. It isnt a big a deal. For extended stay though, its best not to leave it in a hotel as everyone else has mentioned.

Fjold
08-09-2012, 5:07 PM
Don't tell the hotel or ask if it's legal, it's none of their business.

Rem222
08-09-2012, 5:24 PM
Call the hotel or check online, if it's one that hunters frequent in a hillbilly state then I don't see it being a problem.

I would call them Free States, not hillbilly...

TNP'R
08-09-2012, 6:07 PM
When I moved from CA to TN I had all my guns in my hotel room every time I stopped to rest. Not a big deal. Don't go waving them around and just keep them in the room and don't let them be left unattended.

hornswaggled
08-09-2012, 6:12 PM
I would call them Free States, not hillbilly...

Can't they be both

huntercf
08-09-2012, 9:44 PM
I've walked into numerous hotel lobbies carrying gun cases, none has ever asked me what was in the cases.
Also, as someone posted above, when you rent a hotel/motel room it becomes your residence, matter of fact if you rent over 30 days they cannot charge you tax (just like renting an apartment).
One of the first things I do when traveling and staying at a motel is load my .45.

bigcasino
08-09-2012, 10:16 PM
I was staying at a motel 6 in Indiana once, I had 4 rifles I picked up from a friend that was storing them for me and shipping them back to CA so they were all in cardboard shipping boxes. I was carrying them into my room all at once and the front desk girl grabbed one to help me out, as we walk to the room she jokingly says "Wow what do you have in here shotguns?" and I said "No, rifles" LOL... Its fine to have guns in hotels motels campsites ect. I wouldnt leave them unattended and wouldnt advertise them but you r good to go.

oldrifle
08-09-2012, 10:55 PM
I have a gun specifically designated for travel (Beretta 85FS). It always goes to a hotel with me and immediately goes in the safe when I'm not in the room. Hotel safes are not 100% secure but it certainly beats not having a gun when you need one.

safewaysecurity
08-09-2012, 11:04 PM
I've walked into numerous hotel lobbies carrying gun cases, none has ever asked me what was in the cases.
Also, as someone posted above, when you rent a hotel/motel room it becomes your residence, matter of fact if you rent over 30 days they cannot charge you tax (just like renting an apartment).
One of the first things I do when traveling and staying at a motel is load my .45.

In my recent trip to NV,AZ,and UT I open carried my 1911 into motel lobbies during check in and during my stay. No problems at all. I love free states.

Paul S
08-09-2012, 11:49 PM
I found a thread from '09 but wanted to confirm that it is still legal. Thanks in advance!

Legal..sure...but totally UNWISE and in my view it borders on negligence.

stevied
08-10-2012, 7:00 AM
Legal..sure...but totally UNWISE and in my view it borders on negligence.

For my last job I was on the road 80% of the time and you better be damned sure that I always had mine on me. Many times I had to stay in some shady areas which i was uncomfortable in and I'm glad that I had it. I don't see how it is negligent or how in a second amendment forum you think that someone traveling to an unknown area would not want to protect themselves. Negligent would be open carrying around the hotel and knocking on your neighbors doors telling them that everything is OK because you have a gun in the room.

A CCW instructor that I know actually saved his life because he had a pistol in his hotel room when a drunk man tried to break in and assault him. He didn't shoot but once he drew his firearm the attacker quickly turned and fled.

davbog44
08-10-2012, 7:13 AM
Yes, it is legal to have a loaded and/or concealed firearm in your hotel room in CA. It is not legal to carry around the hotel outside of your room (similar to condos) without a LTC.

Also be aware that you are under no obligation to inform the hotel ahead of time, just like you don't need to tell your landlord ahead of time if you are a renter.

Personally, I would not tell the hotel staff at all.

This ^^^^^^^^^

Also, I go out of my way to make sure that where I might stay has one of those in room safes you set yourself. Even in a locked container, a handgun could be stolen when you're out of the room, and if you don't have LTC, you'll pretty much have to leave your weapon behind if you leave the room for any reason.

Farrier-1
08-10-2012, 7:30 AM
I just happen to own/operate a motel here in Cen Ca.

Yes it is legal to have a firearm in your room. However, I do have the right to restrict if I choose to do so. Obviously, I do not have such restrictions in place.

Jason

Rock6.3
08-10-2012, 7:32 AM
Asked - Answered - Done.

VAReact
08-10-2012, 7:36 AM
In my recent trip to NV,AZ,and UT I open carried my 1911 into motel lobbies during check in and during my stay. No problems at all. I love free states.

Just did the same in New Mexico over the past 2 weeks. No one batted an eye -even got a few smiles. Makes it hard to come back from vacation to CA -especially being able to permitless CC in AZ. Job in Flagstaff in my future? ;)

Decoligny
08-10-2012, 8:13 AM
Going to Bakersfield for the night with my wife, who has a meeting the next morning. I won't be leaving the hotel since she'll have the car and we leave immediately after the meeting.

It will be in a locked container and fully legal.

Legally the hotel room is your residence for the evening.

You do not have to keep it in a locked container while in your room.

Personally, I would have it loaded, round in the chamber, and either on or in my nightstand.

If someone kicks in the door at 3 a.m., I won't have time to find the case, unlock the case, load the gun, and protect myself.

Coded-Dude
08-10-2012, 8:23 AM
I always take mine and am usually never in a hotel for more than a weekend. Who needs maid service after sleeping in a bed for one night? We normally just put a do not disturb sign on the door and leave it the entire time. Call the desk for extra towels, or if your spanish is good, ask the maid if/when you see her on your floor for a few extra towels(tienes toallas).

SgtDinosaur
08-10-2012, 9:51 AM
I have never asked for permission nor had anyone notice.

kakinuma-kun
08-10-2012, 10:38 AM
"Legal..sure...but totally UNWISE and in my view it borders on negligence."

How so?

Glock22Fan
08-10-2012, 11:26 AM
I stayed overnight in an off-strip hotel/casino in L.V. I was on my way to Utah for a hunting trip and didn't want to leave my long guns in my car. I asked it it was OK to carry them through to my room, and the desk clerk got very worried and said that security would have a fit if they were seen. I didn't point out the Glock on my hip, or the three handguns in the case at my feet.

In another story, two friends of mine (who are married LAPD officers) told me that they were awakened by a man just inside the door of their hotel room. He ran away immediately, as they grabbed their guns off the nightstand. The management had the nerve to tell them that the man was the hotel security officer, "just checking up" (a likely story, don'cha think?) and when they said he was lucky not to get shot, they were told that even as LEO's, their firearms should have been locked in the safe at reception during their stay.

Personally, I'd have raised a much bigger stink, but they were on their way somewhere and let it drop.

My final story of relevance is a report I read of some guy who, while staying in a hotel, bought a new magazine and left the empty packaging out on display when he left the room. Housekeeping found it (empty wrapping) and nothing else, but he got no more room service while he was there.

So, my M.O. is keep everything out of sight and don't let on. But there's always a loaded firearm near me when I'm in a hotel room.

5thgen4runner
08-10-2012, 11:32 AM
Never spent a night in a motel 6 without one.

Same here

MrOrange
08-10-2012, 11:46 AM
It's been a few decades since I looked it up, but the section that allows loaded carry in your home used to say it included something like "any temporary dwelling or campsite."

The place of business exception is a lot murkier.

As for NOT having a loaded weapon handy whilst bedding down in strange lands, that's just totally unwise and in my view it borders on negligence.