Firearms Traveling on Airplanes
Have your FFL license approved can have you wishing to travel with your weapon immediately- no matter why exactly, perhaps mark shooting, or hunting, or participating in a rifle course. Everyone knows that after 9/11, the procedures related to travelling by air, became much more rigid. It’s important to be aware this when you think about taking your firearm along on your flight. However each flight provider has his own specific ways for checking luggage-containing firearms, some regulations however are identical throughout the board.
Firstly, and possibly most commonly familiar, is that weapons are entirely forbidden on an airplane. This also implies any component and parts of a weapon and shell. Even one single bullet contravenes rules and can end in amends and criminal charges. Not one of the above named items should reach the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint.
Because no firearms are permitted as a carry on, they all must be inspected. Each person holding a firearm, including law enforcement officers must abide to the ATF’s regulations in 49 CFR § 1540.111. The following is a simple outline of what those regulations mean:
- all firearms must be clearly declared to the airline company. Make sure to check in at the ticket counter and not over the internet or a kiosk or any electronic service
- Each and every firearm must be entirely unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container. The same applies to all the ammunition or firearms parts you may be carrying as well.
- You should be the only person knowing the combination to the lock or holding the key that unlocks the container because access to the container must me minimized as far as possible. If the TSA must check and open the container for inspection, it’s recommended to hand over the key or combination to the screener.
- Also along having your ammunition kept, mandatory, in a locked, hard-sided container, it must be wrapped inside the container in a specific fashion. Ammunition should be safely wrapped in fabric (like cardboard), wood, or metal containers or other encasing intentionally designed to carry small quantities of ammunition. Firearm magazines/clips do not satisfy the wrapping rules if they fail to contain a complete and safe enclosure for the ammo.
- Ammunition should also be wrapped in a way that prevents it from moving around in the checked luggage during transportation.
- Finally, percussion caps and black powder commonly used with black powder type weapons are not allowed on board aircraft in any way, not as a accessible property or checked luggage.
We recommend that whenever you may travel, you find out about your airline’s particular regulations on checking firearms. There might be specific procedures that you should stick to or certain restraints regarding the number and kinds of firearms you may board the airplane.
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