Anyone know the laws concerning carrying pistols in a private plane?

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    Anyone know the laws concerning carrying pistols in a private plane?

    It's been a dream of mine for a long time to get my private pilot's license and I was just wondering are there any laws regulating carrying guns in private planes? I know there are rules for carrying in a car, do those apply to planes too? Just curious.
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    I have flown numerous times on a private plane with my handgun. It's always been in-state flights. It's MY understanding that if the captain is ok with it, then you can do it. In this case, you'll be the pilot, so there you go.

    Now, you still cannot go through any secured area of an airport from what I understand. In my case, we've been driven directly to the plane, bypassing all secured airport areas.
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    Flying in your own plane shouldn't be much different than driving in your own car. TSA regs don't apply, since you won't need to pass through any secured airport facilities. Every time I've flown on private aircraft, we've driven right up to the hangar or flightline, hopped in the plane, and off we go.

    Another thing to consider... be sure to know the concealed carry laws at your destination, if you're flying across state lines.

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    The FAA doesn't have any regulation concerning the carriage of guns in private planes. If you or a friend are the pilot under part 91 of the FAR's you are good to go as far as the FAA is concerned. The only laws you would have to comply with are the state laws where you depart and land. If you charter a plane under FAR part 135 you would need the permission of the charter operator to carry a gun.

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    As a piolt, there are no FAA regs on the issue however some airports I have been to have no weapons signs posted at entry gates.

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    Biggest problem is being diverted/having to land somewhere you don't want to be w/ a firearm (and in the case of NJ and the like) "illegal" ammo.
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    This does depend on the location that you're flying - some places have more restrictions than others. DC, NJ, NY, for examples.

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    I carry while piloting every week. Unless I'm going to most of New England.

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    The answer is YES..... read them well. You'll learn them in your flight training, or if you can, any flight instructor can point you to them.

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    yep. normally from my experiance you get to bypass security stuff if you are going on a private plane. obviously make sure that where your flying too is alright as well though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bstrawse View Post
    This does depend on the location that you're flying - some places have more restrictions than others. DC, NJ, NY, for examples.

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    If you land IN DC the gun isn't your biggest worry!!! (DC has no airport!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    If you land IN DC the gun isn't your biggest worry!!! (DC has no airport!)
    However, there is very small part of a of the airport that is in DC.

    Zoom in (using satellite mode) to the southern end of the airport at:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=arling...N&hl=en&tab=wl

    The parking here is a "gun trap."

    It's one of the many it-ain't-marked-but- gun traps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ep1953 View Post
    The FAA doesn't have any regulation concerning the carriage of guns in private planes. If you or a friend are the pilot under part 91 of the FAR's you are good to go as far as the FAA is concerned. The only laws you would have to comply with are the state laws where you depart and land. If you charter a plane under FAR part 135 you would need the permission of the charter operator to carry a gun.
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    § CFR 135.119 Prohibition against carriage of weapons.

    No person may, while on board an aircraft being operated by a certificate holder, carry on or about that person a deadly or dangerous weapon, either concealed or unconcealed. This section does not apply to—

    (a) Officials or employees of a municipality or a State, or of the United States, who are authorized to carry arms; or

    (b) Crewmembers and other persons authorized by the certificate holder to carry arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
    However, there is very small part of a of the airport that is in DC.

    Zoom in (using satellite mode) to the southern end of the airport at:

    arlington va - Google Maps

    The parking here is a "gun trap."

    It's one of the many it-ain't-marked-but- gun traps.


    Interesting, I wonder how VA let them get away with that? I knew there were a couple "strange" places like that , but thought they were all in southern MD/VA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
    However, there is very small part of a of the airport that is in DC.

    Zoom in (using satellite mode) to the southern end of the airport at:

    arlington va - Google Maps

    The parking here is a "gun trap."

    It's one of the many it-ain't-marked-but- gun traps.
    Wow, that is crazy. I used to live very close to the airport and had no idea. Here's a closer image: arlington va - Google Maps
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