Flying commercially with firearms is a common practice, but not one to be taken lightly. Failure to follow the proper TSA procedures will lead to heavy scrutiny from Airport Security and in some cases, incarceration for the offender. With the wide range of approved cases and locks The Case Store offers, we make it easy to stay in compliance with the law. Following the proper procedures as required by TSA is critical to ensure your travel experience is as smooth as possible.
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*Always check the local & state laws of your departure and arrival airports*
If you are traveling internationally with a firearm in checked baggage, check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information and requirements prior to travel.
- Packing your firearm for airline travel
- Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only.
- Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins are prohibited in carry-on bags, but may be transported in checked baggage.
- Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only.
- Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.
- Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage and must be transported in checked baggage only
- Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within the hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm.
- Small arms ammunition must be packed in a plastic, cardboard, wood, or metal box specifically designed to carry ammunition and declared to your airline.
- Ammunition may be transported in the same hard-sided, locked cases as a firearm if it has been packed as described above. You cannot use firearm magazines or clips for packing ammunition unless they completely enclose the ammunition. Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be boxed within a hard-sided, locked case.
- Communicating with Airlines and TSA
- Declare each firearm and any ammunition each time you present it as checked baggage.
- Only the passenger, owner of the firearm, should possess the key or combination to the case unless TSA personnel request a the key to open the firearm container to ensure compliance with TSA regulations.
The Break Down
- Firearms unloaded and locked in hard-sided, container
- Checked Bag items: Firearms, ammunition, frames, receivers, barrels, stocks, bolts, firing pins, ammunition clips and magazines, and replication firearms or toys
- Carry-on Bag items: Scope
- Ammunition securely packaged in separate container and transported in the same hard-sided locked case as firearm
For more information visit the official TSA Website or contact your airline.
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