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Firearms Transportation Laws: Air Travel

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by JumpWing, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. JumpWing

    JumpWing NK WA Member

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    I'll be flying cross country this summer with my pistol, so I conducted some research regarding flying with a firearm. Hope this is useful to others:

    Here is a link to a reciprocity map for concealed handgun licenses across the U.S. Click on the state in which you hold a CHL and it will show which other states honor that license.

    Other useful links:
    TSA policy
    Southwest Airlines policy
    Delta Airlines policy
    United Airlines policy
    American Airlines policy

    Most airlines appear to have the same policy regarding procedure:
    1. Firearm must be declared when checking in
    2. Firearm must be unloaded and secured in a locked, hardshell container
    3. The key must remain in your possession at all times except during inspection of the firearm by a TSA official when you first check your luggage (this will happen in your presence and the key will be returned to you immediately after the visual inspection)
    4. Maximum 11 lbs. of ammunition, must be secured in its box or a container designed for carrying ammunition; if ammunition is being transported in a magazine then the magazine must be secured in a proper pouch/holder such that the ammunition is not visible when the pouch/holder is closed.

    You will also want to verify the carry restrictions in the state to which you are traveling, or ANY state in which you will be retaking possession of your firearm from the airlines and whether or not you can carry, transport, or possess in that state.

    This info is based on one passenger traveling with a single, personally owned firearm. Other laws may restrict travel with multiple firearms.

    If anyone else has useful info, please add links in here.
     
  2. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    This should be a sticky. Oh wait, we have yet to hit the big time!
     
  3. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    Cool, I plan on bringing my rifle to Vegas next year to shoot long range .. Hope it isn't too hard!
     
  4. SteveZ

    SteveZ Lake Stevens, WA Member

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    I've flown Alaska Airlines to numerous USPSA matches and I have to say it is one of the easiest airlines to fly with guns. Unlike the other airlines...Alaska doesn't have a 11lb restriction on ammo. Alaska simply has a 50lb weight restriction on baggage...and if you can cram 50lbs of ammo in there....go for it.
     
  5. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    If you ever have cause to travel to elko nevada they have a wonderful 1000 yd range open to the public run by the city/county. free to use so take a good rifle
     
  6. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Wow, it'd be nice to see some of our tax dollars spent on a free range here :)
     
  7. 86thecat

    86thecat Central WA New Member

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    When flying with a pistol I run a heavy wire ty (12 inch) in through the chamber and out the muzzle letting the action trap it in place. Also with rifles I remove the bolt and wire ty it to the sling so it doesn't get lost. TSA has thanked me a few times as it makes it quicker to determine everything is unloaded.
     
  8. JumpWing

    JumpWing NK WA Member

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  9. Oohrah

    Oohrah NorthwestSouthern Oregon Coast Member

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    Sweetbread,
    I think that Front Sight or similar such training range operates just
    outside of Vegas in the town of Parump, Nevada. It been many years
    since I have been there (late 60s) but its on the edge of Death Valley
    contains many dry lake beds, flat for that type of shooting. Downside
    will be summer day time temperature may be a bit much for ya:thumbup:
    It is located west of Vegas over the top of Spring Mts. Guess timate is
    about 70 miles or so.
     
  10. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    Parump is also the location of the company selling the rock island line of pistols.