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TSA Flying with firearms

 

Traveling with Special Items

Firearms & Ammunition

 

Photo of a firearm improperly packaged.

You may only transport firearms, ammunition and firearm parts in your checked baggage. Firearms, ammunition and firearm parts are prohibited from carry-on baggage.

 

There are certain limited exceptions for law enforcement officers who may fly armed by meeting the requirements of Title 49 CFR § 1544.219. Law enforcement officers should read our policies on traveling with guns.

 

The key regulatory requirements to transporting firearms, firearm parts or ammunition in checked baggage are:

 

You must declare all firearms to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.

The firearm must be unloaded.

The firearm must be in a hard-sided container.

The container must be locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from access by anyone other than you. Cases that can be pulled open with little effort do not meet this criterion. The pictures provided here illustrate the difference between a properly packaged and an improperly packaged firearm.

We recommend that you provide the key or combination to the security officer if he or she needs to open the container. You should remain present during screening to take the key back after the container is cleared. If you are not present and the security officer must open the container, we or the airline will make a reasonable attempt to contact you. If we can't contact you, the container will not be placed on the plane. Federal regulations prohibit unlocked gun cases (or cases with broken locks) on aircraft.

You must securely pack any ammunition in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging that is specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.

You can't use firearm magazines/clips for packing ammunition unless they completely and securely enclose the ammunition (e.g., by securely covering the exposed portions of the magazine or by securely placing the magazine in a pouch, holder, holster or lanyard).

You may carry the ammunition in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as you pack it as described above.

You can't bring black powder or percussion caps used with black-powder type firearms in either your carry-on or checked baggage.

 

Photo of a firearm properly packaged.

We and other authorities strictly enforce these regulations. Violations can result in criminal prosecution and civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.

 

Airlines may have their own additional requirements on the carriage of firearms and the amount of ammunition that you may have in your checked baggage. Therefore, travelers should also contact the airline regarding its firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

 

Also, please note that many other countries have different laws that address transportation and possession of firearms. If you are traveling internationally, please check with the authorities at your destination about their requirements.

 

 


[Title 49, Volume 8]

[Revised as of October 1, 2003]

From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access

[CITE: 49CFR1540.111]

[Page 295]

TITLE 49--TRANSPORTATION

CHAPTER XII--TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

PART 1540--CIVIL AVIATION SECURITY: GENERAL RULES--Table of Contents

 

Subpart B--Responsibilities of Passengers and Other Individuals and Persons

 

Sec. 1540.111 Carriage of weapons, explosives, and incendiaries by individuals.

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© In checked baggage. A passenger may not transport or offer for

transport in checked baggage:

(1) Any loaded firearm(s).

(2) Any unloaded firearm(s) unless--

(i) The passenger declares to the aircraft operator, either orally

or in writing, before checking the baggage, that the passenger has a

firearm in his or her bag and that it is unloaded;

(ii) The firearm is unloaded;

(iii) The firearm is carried in a hard-sided container; and

(iv) The container in which it is carried is locked, and only the

passenger retains the key or combination.

(3) Any unauthorized explosive or incendiary.

(d) Ammunition. This section does not prohibit the carriage of

ammunition in checked baggage or in the same container as a firearm.

Title 49 CFR part 175 provides additional requirements governing

carriage of ammunition on aircraft.

 

 

 

 

[Title 49, Volume 8]

[Revised as of October 1, 2003]

From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access

[CITE: 49CFR1544.203]

[Page 320-321]

TITLE 49--TRANSPORTATION

CHAPTER XII--TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

PART 1544--AIRCRAFT OPERATOR SECURITY: AIR CARRIERS AND COMMERCIAL OPERATORS

--Table of Contents

 

Subpart C--Operations

 

Sec. 1544.203 Acceptance and screening of checked baggage.

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(f) Firearms in checked baggage. No aircraft operator may knowingly

permit any person to transport in checked baggage:

(1) Any loaded firearm(s).

(2) Any unloaded firearm(s) unless--

(i) The passenger declares to the aircraft operator, either orally

or in writing before checking the baggage that any firearm carried in

the baggage is unloaded;

(ii) The firearm is carried in a hard-sided container;

(iii) The container in which it is carried is locked, and only the

individual checking the baggage retains the key or combination; and

 

[[Page 321]]

 

(iv) The checked baggage containing the firearm is carried in an

area that is inaccessible to passengers, and is not carried in the

flightcrew compartment,.

(3) Any unauthorized explosive or incendiary.

(g) Ammunition. This section does not prohibit the carriage of

ammunition in checked baggage or in the same container as a firearm.

Title 49 CFR part 175 provides additional requirements governing

carriage of ammunition on aircraft.

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A discussion on another forum revealed that there is a LOT of misinformation "flying around" out there :D .....biggest piece of misinformation I see is people saying you need to use TSA locks on your guncase, that is not only false, but ILLEGAL.......thought I'd post the facts and figured Bob might pin it for others to reference..........

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Ah yes. Also a pet peeve of mine. Worse, the case MAKERS advertise that their cases come with TSA locks "for ease at the airport." :rolleyes:

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I fly with my guns a few times during the year. I suggest you buy a case that offers alot of protection for a scoped rifle....

After 4-5 trips you will be amazed how beat up your gun case looks. I always picture the last easy care it recieves is when I hand it off to them.........................the dings on the case comfirm my fears.

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Good point CDC!

 

I took 2 rifles to Africa in a relatively inexpensive, but decent aluminum case.......they made it from Tulsa to Atlanta to Capetown to Windhoek.......back to Jberg, to Atlanta without problem.......I went through customs in Atlanta and everything was fine.......I watched the guncase load on the plane in Atlanta........when I picked it up in Tulsa, they had crushed the middle of the case to the point that it had a 1/2" gap at one end......luckily, no damage was done to the rifles, but the case was toast...........Delta Airlines bought me a new case.........my rifles now fly in a Starlite case.......

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GH....thanks for this post! I will keep a copy of this at our gun counter for our customers as a hand-out. You can tell people the right way of transporting weapons on the airlines.....but this will make it much easier!

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