Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 family of rifles

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Old 06-26-2012, 01:56   #1
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Most legal Mini is the US? And for Traveling?

I was wondering what type of Mini would be the most legal safe to have in the US and when when traveling?

Also advice of what not to bring or bring along with it.

Another option I been thinking of was sending it to an FFL holder in the state where its ok and pick it up there. But having a Mini along would be more preferred.

Any advice or suggestions would be welcome as it would also help other people who use "Search" for this subject.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:09   #2
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IMO probably a stock plain jane Mini 14 without a flash hider and no magazines over 10 rounds. You would still have to check all state and local laws where you will be traveling.
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+1 on what jeff said. maybe even go with a flush fitting 5 round mag. the good thing about the mini is that in most stock configurations is does not come close to looking like an evil "black rifle".

definately check the laws of where you will be going as well as the states you will be traveling thru. a locked hard case as well as a locked case for unloaded mags and ammo. may seem like overkill but you are less likely to break any laws.
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The Firearm Owners Protection Act protects you while traveling in the USA. If the gun is legal where you live, and also at your destination then you can legally travel with it even through a restictive jurisdiction. Be smart and don't flaunt it in a questionable area. A wood stock mini without any evil features would be the wise way to go. So no folding stock, flash supressor, bayonet lug or mags over 10 rnds should be safe to travel with almost anywhere. Good luck.
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If traveling outside the US, be aware many countries do not allow civilian ownership of firearms in "military calibers" like 5.56/.223, including Mexico.
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Don't even take a single cartridge or shell of any type into Mexico.
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Wow thanks 40Nascar!

I know about not taking it out of the country or taking any thing gunnish cartridges or other wise to Mexico.

Sounds like Ranch Rifle is the way to go.

I probably will go on some hunts other places this year and a few places my 6.8 SPC AR won't be welcomed they way its configured. But my Mini 6.8 will fit the bill nicely then.

I also asked the question is because I'm going to get a replacement Mini-14 for the Ranch Rifle I had to sell (It was hard to do having to chose between the two...but my Mini 6.8 has proven to be very versatile for deer and bigger varmints its the one I kept as Mini-14s in 5.56 are easier to find) and was trying to figure out what type of one would be OK to go most other places.

Well if any one else has any advice or information please keep adding it here. Others may find it handy!
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40Nascar told you the right way of doing it legally...

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Originally Posted by Stillwater View Post
40Nascar told you the right way of doing it legally...

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Kind of. There are a few caveats.

1) It has to be in a locked container, or have a trigger or action lock on it.
2) IIRC the ammo has to be stored separately, and the firearm should be stored out of reach of the driver or any passengers.
3) You CANNOT STOP for more than food, gas or to go to the bathroom while traveling through a state where the gun is illegal. You can't stay the night.
4) Be prepared for the fact that you might run into a police officer who has no idea that FOPA even exists. You could do everything right and STILL end up spending the night in the clink.
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Originally Posted by Regolith View Post
Kind of. There are a few caveats.

1) It has to be in a locked container, or have a trigger or action lock on it.
2) IIRC the ammo has to be stored separately, and the firearm should be stored out of reach of the driver or any passengers.
3) You CANNOT STOP for more than food, gas or to go to the bathroom while traveling through a state where the gun is illegal. You can't stay the night.
4) Be prepared for the fact that you might run into a police officer who has no idea that FOPA even exists. You could do everything right and STILL end up spending the night in the clink.
Good advice. I have heard a few stories of persons legal under FOPA that ended up in the system and it was very costly to et things straightened out.
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Originally Posted by Regolith View Post
Kind of. There are a few caveats.

1) It has to be in a locked container, or have a trigger or action lock on it.
2) IIRC the ammo has to be stored separately, and the firearm should be stored out of reach of the driver or any passengers.
3) You CANNOT STOP for more than food, gas or to go to the bathroom while traveling through a state where the gun is illegal. You can't stay the night.
4) Be prepared for the fact that you might run into a police officer who has no idea that FOPA even exists. You could do everything right and STILL end up spending the night in the clink.
Re item #3, I'm not aware of any state where a plain jane mini 14 is illegal, do you know of any? Even Ca and NY are good to go. Just dont stop in New York City, and I think a few cities in Ohio. And you can't legally hunt with one in Pennsylvania.
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Originally Posted by 40nascar View Post
Re item #3, I'm not aware of any state where a plain jane mini 14 is illegal, do you know of any? Even Ca and NY are good to go. Just dont stop in New York City, and I think a few cities in Ohio. And you can't legally hunt with one in Pennsylvania.
Massachusetts, for one. While you could probably own one there, you'd have to have the proper license, and failure to have a license makes the gun illegal. This is true of ANY firearm component in MA; you could go to jail for several years for having an empty cartridge case on you while visiting.

Also, I was laying out the caveats of the safe passage provisions of FOPA in general, not describing the legalities of traveling with a mini-14 in particular. It is possible that someone may have read your somewhat vague description of it and gotten themselves in trouble because they didn't know the specifics of the law.
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Originally Posted by Regolith View Post
Massachusetts, for one. While you could probably own one there, you'd have to have the proper license, and failure to have a license makes the gun illegal. This is true of ANY firearm component in MA; you could go to jail for several years for having an empty cartridge case on you while visiting.

Also, I was laying out the caveats of the safe passage provisions of FOPA in general, not describing the legalities of traveling with a mini-14 in particular. It is possible that someone may have read your somewhat vague description of it and gotten themselves in trouble because they didn't know the specifics of the law.
Another good reason not to give kenedyville any of my business or ever visit there (and NY city). Thanks for the info.
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Originally Posted by 40nascar View Post
Just dont stop in New York City
Seriously +1 to that... You need a license to possess a long arm here. Something i'm sure a lot of out of people outside of NYC do not know...

I own a Mini 14 Ranch Rifle and can only have 5 round mags. The hoops i had to jump through were pretty extensive...
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