Flying With Firearms Is Easy

Flying With Firearms

The key to flying with firearms and ammunition is to check them in at the baggage counter, as they need to be unloaded and locked in a hard case with foam padding. Different airlines have different policies, and it is recommended to print them out to avoid potential headaches.

The TSA guidelines require firearms and ammunition to be transported in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage, with ammunition in its original box or container. It is also important to declare firearms and ammunition to the airline when checking baggage at the ticket counter.

Being in the firearms industry, I often get asked about what’s involved if you want to take your #gun with you when you fly. I wrote a while back that has a walk-through of checking in with your #firearm at the #airport to go along with my recent SmartTags post.

I took so many pictures at O’Hara that I figured someone would ask me what I was doing, but nope, no one even noticed.

There is a lot of information about how to pack your gun, but not many pictures of the process at the airport. I think it helps to see, not just read, what you’re getting into, especially when it’s something you’re uncomfortable with, like taking your gun on a trip.

Just remember, it goes into your checked baggage, NOT your carry-on. You would think that would be a given, but it’s not uncommon to hear about someone who forgot to check it at the baggage counter.

My worst fear is that someday a damn stray round will end up in my backpack that I keep with me. You wouldn’t believe how often I check that thing before leaving for the airport.

It’s a simple process; if you carry everywhere like I do, you might as well take it along when you travel.

Here is a long detailed how-to on USA Carry.

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Brian Armstrong grew up in a small farm town in rural Indiana and learned to shoot before he learned to drive. His career began in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he worked as a firefighter and a medic before moving to Chicago. Throughout the years, he has owned multiple businesses, from construction to technology. He is back to his emergency services roots -teaching emergency first aid and firearms courses, along with writing for numerous publications. He believes the best way to learn "HOW" to do something is first to answer "WHY" you do something. He is your average guy with views like yours. Now, he's sharing the knowledge he's gained from teaching, learning from others, and researching topics you don't have time to explore. His feeling about staying safe is "The best way to win a fight is not to get into a fight!" He is always looking for new ideas. If you have a topic, current news you would like covered, or a publication looking for content, please reach out and let him know. You can follow him @LetsTalkDGU and #LetsTalkDGU


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