I have to tell you what happened to me the other day.
I was standing in the airport about to board a plane returning from a destination that will remain secret for now.
(Future post will explain it.)
Anyways, I had my gun in the case with 2 locks and the key in my pocket so that if asked, I could open it and show it was unloaded and everything.
You know, what you’re supposed to do.
This guy gets up to the counter in front of me and pulls his Glock out of its holster.
In the airport!
My first thought was,
Mine is locked in a case, how quick can I get to it- if I need it.
The look on the ticket counter representative’s face was a mixture of fear and confusion.
As security is approaching…
- He drops the mag and clears his weapon and opens his suitcase.
- Pulls out his gun case and starts to store his gun properly.
- Stands up and checks in like it’s a normal day
No warning, just whips it out and clears it in the middle of the airport.
That was the scariest and weirdest moment of my life.
After some quick research I realized that he did nothing wrong.
More on that later.
That development inspired me. Here are 3 keys/tips I have learned whilst traveling with a gun.
I won’t go too far in depth because, most CC classes teach this.
Know the TSA Requirements
- Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply.
- Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock.
- Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
- Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm.
*The above was taken verbatim from the TSA website.*
Know the Airport Guidelines
Every airport has different firearms regulations. Makes sense, they are in different states-usually.
There is a common misconception that airports are under federal jurisdiction, the truth is…that is correct. When you have passed through TSA screening and are on the side of the gates.
On the ticketing side of the gate however, you are under that state’s jurisdiction.
See why I said he did nothing wrong?
Know the Law in Arriving Destination
Always call ahead, you can not always trust the internet.
Call the airport you are flying into and the State/ Highway Police Department.
If traveling internationally, notify the embassy and local law enforcement and CONFIRM that they are aware.
Some countries require you to register your firearm with their local law enforcement upon arrival.
DO NOT REMOVE THE GUN FROM ITS CASE UNTIL YOU ARE APPROVED TO DO SO.
How do you travel?
Can you guess where I was?