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Flying with a gun.

Discussion in 'Firearm Laws & Legal' started by dustinm, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Alexx1401

    Alexx1401 Pierce County WA Well-Known Member

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    Long ago the airlines used to put a sticker on the outside of the case. This became known as the "steal me sticker" since it told all the handlers which bag to steal. This was long ago done away with for just this reason.
     
  2. cooldudeinPDX

    cooldudeinPDX Portland,Oregon Member

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  3. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If she shoots you, I bet you go straight to heaven.
     
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  4. rawen2

    rawen2 Portland Area Active Member

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    A person can also use a large hard-sided suitcase (like a pelican) and put their gun, ammo, clothes and everything else normally taken on a trip inside it. Lock it up at the TSA counter after inspection and it becomes the hard-sided case for your gun. Now no one can easily get into ANY of your stuff since it's locked with non-TSA locks. Still doesn't prevent someone from stealing the entire case however... but being that it's big it would be harder to smuggle out.
     
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  5. CHLChris

    CHLChris Portland Metro East Love me some guns! Bronze Supporter

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    I admit, I got some butterflies seeing this photo. Awesome!! However, with this load-out, you would need 68 rounds (3x15rd mags, 2x6rd mags, 2 chambers), but are only carrying 50. May I suggest cutting just a bit more out and bringing 2 boxes of ammo?
     
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  6. keltek

    keltek Beaverton, OR Member

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    I usually only carry one loaded pistol and one extra mag at a time. However I'm not opposed to adding another box of ammo to my case :)
     
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  7. CHLChris

    CHLChris Portland Metro East Love me some guns! Bronze Supporter

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    I fixed that for you. :eek:

    Unless you meant what you carry on your person. I thought you meant you only check one "loaded" pistol in your Pelican case at the airport. I often check two pistols (and take all the assorted mags and holsters for them) on trips. Just like at home, I often have different levels of dress when I go on trips and need both my papa gun and baby gun.
     
  8. R3dundantC

    R3dundantC Roseburgish Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Alright so I'm on my first flight out of EUG since the Ft. Lauderdale shooting and the are SUPER paranoid about anyone checking a gun. For the first time the ticket agent called a supervisor over had had me remove my Pelican case from my luggage for inspection. TSA had me wait at the counter until they were done inspecting my luggage. Then, while going through the security line when TSA checked my ID and boarding pass it appears I've been flagged by the system. When they scanned my pass rather than the scanner turning green it turned to amber and I got looks from a couple of the agents. Make sure all your ducks are in a row, because they're looking for any excuse.
     
  9. WillametteWill

    WillametteWill Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Flew out of PDX today with firearms. There anyway, it was business as usual, no changes to the procedures and worked with a polite, helpful and efficient TSA employee. They guy in front of me was checking a rifle in a rifle case looking hard container and he, as well, zoomed right through.

    So the real test will be in two weeks when if fly through Fort Lauderdale...more to follow after that experience.
     
  10. Alexx1401

    Alexx1401 Pierce County WA Well-Known Member

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    Try to remember here folks. This is how the system was set up. It's supposed to be easy as long as you do your part. The problem with this is when someone reads how easy it was so they show up with little time to spare. After all they were told it's easy. Then they are the unlucky guy who gets some new, anti gun, just plain stupid, or better yet all of the above nimrod at the counter. They try to check the gun and this nimrod tells them they can't. They will still get past this but there is no way of knowing how long it will take a person with a brain to get to the counter. You can wave a printed out sheet of the rules in their face and nothing will happen. So if you want to take gun in checked bags give yourself plenty of time. You should skate through and then you can relax on the secured side and kill some time. Unless missing the flight is no big deal. Since if some nimrod makes you miss the first flight the airline is going to do nothing to make this better for you.
     
  11. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Watch that weight restriction, it'll cost $75 if over by 1#!!!! They got me for 3#'s over...:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
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  12. easy-e

    easy-e Burien, WA Member

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    Alaska Airlines at SeaTac had me put my cases on the scale but in Raleigh they just handed me the slips and I slid them into the cases on the floor before they rolled them away to be inspected. I brought my luggage scale with me and I didn't shoot much ammo so I still had to be pretty careful to balance my gear between my two cases.

    I bought heavy locks which ended up adding 3 pounds to each pelican case. I sat there for 10 hours individually weighing EVERYTHING. I even emptied my nylon molle pouches and put the stuff in ziplock bags to save a few pounds. In the future I'm going to try to just arrange to buy ammo when I get there or if I need to take more gear only overload one of them and just hope they don't weigh it. I can't carry/roll 3 cases so I would have to fit everything into 2 anyways.
     
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  13. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I was never even close but that time I was expecting to stay for a month...... needs my stuff for that long....:)
     
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