Gun laws in the United States are extremely complicated. The laws that apply to one state may not apply to another. Instead, a state-by-state approach has to be taken when it comes to carrying guns. For an executive, celebrity, or any other person who has hired bodyguards and needs to go across state lines, one of the questions that they may be wondering is if the bodyguard will be able to legally carry a gun in that particular state. After all, illegally carrying a gun across state lines can have major legal ramifications, including jail time.
In actuality, it is possible for a bodyguard to bring their guns across state lines in some circumstances, while in others, it’s not necessarily the case. Here’s an overview:
The Common Bodyguard
Bodyguards that have never been in law enforcement before can’t just simply bring their guns across state lines. It doesn’t even matter if they were in the armed forces. The only way for them to carry their guns in different states is to have a permit in that particular state or to be in a state that recognizes a different one’s gun permit laws. For example, a bodyguard in California can’t bring his or her gun to New York State without having a New York State gun license.
The bodyguard will have to apply for a gun permit in each of the states that requires their own. Furthermore, another thing that has to be taken into account is concealed vs. unconcealed laws. It may be possible to carry an unconcealed gun in the State of Texas, while in other states, it’s expressly forbidden.
A bodyguard should be aware of each state’s gun laws, and if a situation arises where traveling between states is necessary to protect the client, this should all be sorted out ahead of time. Law enforcement officials take this matter extremely seriously, and violations could lead to both federal and state prosecution.
While most bodyguards can’t bring guns across state lines, there is an exception. This comes in the form of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, also known as LEOSA (See: https://sdsos.gov/services-for-individuals/assets/h218enr.pdf). Passed into federal law in 2004, it states that both “qualified law enforcement officers” and “qualified retired law enforcement officers” will be able to carry a concealed firearm in any state in the United States. In other words, they will be able to do so no matter the state’s particular laws.
This means that a bodyguard who is a retired law enforcement officer will be able to carry a gun to any state. There are some exceptions, based on the particular state, such as not being able to bring it on state and local government property, into national parks, and so forth.
First Security Services has decades of experience in providing an extensive range of private security services, including private bodyguard services. We have a detailed knowledge of gun laws and will be happy to answer your questions. Make sure to contact us today for your free consultation!