Flying with a Firearm
The thought of flying with your firearm may seem daunting. But there's no need to worry! With a little planning and preparation, flying with a firearm can be easy and stress-free. Here's what you need to know:
1. Check to make sure the state that you are traveling TO has Reciprocity Agreements with your state
If you're traveling to a state that has reciprocity agreements with your state, you should be able to carry your firearm when you get there. A reciprocity agreement is when two states agree to recognize each other's concealed carry permits. You can find states with reciprocity agreements by checking out Concealed Carry Reciprocity Travel Guides - U.S. LawShield (uslawshield.com)
2. Check with the Airline before flying
Before you even think about packing your firearm, you need to check with your airline. Each airline has different policies, so it's important to do your research ahead of time. You can usually find this information on the airline's website or by giving them a call.
3. Declare your Firearm at the Ticket Counter
When you arrive at the airport, the first thing you need to do is head to the ticket counter and declare your firearm. You'll need to fill out a Firearm Declaration form and show your valid concealed carry permit, if applicable. This varies by airline, so be sure to check beforehand.
Once you've declared your firearm, the airline will attach the Firearm Declaration Tag to your gun case. This tag will have your name and contact information on it.
Firearms Declaration Tag-front
Firearms Declaration Tag-back
4. Properly Pack your Firearm and Ammunition
Your firearm must be unloaded with the magazine removed. It must be stored in a locked, hard-sided case. The ammunition must be in a hard case and packed in a way that prevents it from being accidentally discharged. Depending on the airline, you may be able to keep your ammo in the same case as your firearm. Your declared firearm will be packed in your check-in luggage. NEVER pack your firearm in your carry-on!
Be prepared to answer any questions and open up your case to show the ticketing agent or TSA personnel your firearm. If they have any questions, be sure to answer them calmly and thoroughly. Remember, they're just doing their job!
Lockable Hard-Sided Case gifted to Rob's Guns from our friends at KD of NOC & Carolina Custom Foam
5. Show up early
Be sure to show up at least 2 hours early for your flight to give yourself enough time to check through TSA and get to your gate. This will help ensure that you don't run into any problems and miss your flight. Each airport and airline will have different processes for checking through your firearm. Some take less than 15 minutes, while other airports take longer.
With a little bit of planning and preparation, flying with a firearm can be easy and stress-free.
Just be sure to check with the airline ahead of time, declare your firearm at the ticket counter, pack it in a locked, hard-sided case, and arrive at least 2 hours early. Following these simple steps will help ensure that your experience is as smooth as possible. Safe travels!