Well, if Northern Virginia counts as the south. We're sort of right on the border. No, it's probably just that I'm turning into my mother, who calls everyone "Honey" whether she's known them for five seconds or fifty years.
Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
Old, lonely, pathos-hungry, and extremely gullible
Remember, a gun is an object just like any other object. If it's unloaded and locked, then it's perfectly safe. It's not going to attack anyone. You do have a lock for it, right? And a case that locks? I'm not sure of your state's laws, but if you have all your proper permits/documentation and it's locked and in a locked case, you should be fine driving with it. But in all honesty, if you're this stressed about it, call your police department today and they will advise you.
I would think you could walk into any police station and tell them you dont know how to get rid of it and hand it over fir disposal. poof. done.
DH - and that's just my opinion
I located an old gun of my father's in the back of a wardrobe and contacted the local police department. (This was while my father was still alive but not in possession of all his faculties.) They sent a constable out to the house and although my mother said it was barely powerful enough to do damage to a squirrel, the officer was as serious as he could possibly be, checking it out, writing a detailed report that I had to sign and then thankfully removing it from the house for good.