bencooper - Member
Unless for home defence, a responsible gun owner would never bring a gun and ammo together unless at a range.
So why not just leave them at the range?
Most US sportsman's/gun clubs don't have an on-site storage vault. A few do, but most gun owners prefer to take them home.
That way, you can clean the gun at your convenience. For instance, if you have a teenage daughter, the ideal time for firearms maintenance would coincide with her date arriving at your house on a Friday evening to take her out. The suitor can then get a feel for the family, and how he should behave on his date (as well as what might happen if he misbehaves).
I live in Pennsylvania. It is perfectly legal to carry firearms in the open everywhere except Philadelphia (Philly is Pennsylvania's only "city of the first class" and open carry isn't permitted in those types of cities by state law). While it is legal elsewhere, it probably would not be worth the hassle.
So the county sheriff issues concealed carry permits. They cost $20, and are good for several years I believe. You fill out a form, they run a background check, and then issue the permit. No big deal at all.
No, you can't take guns into the courthouse, even with a permit. You check them with the Sheriff's Deputy at the metal detector inside the door; they hold it for you and give you a receipt. Sort of like a coat check...
The zombies don't stand a chance over here!
Edit - here is the concealed carry application if anyone needs it.