Having a gun in checked luggage?

This is a discussion on Having a gun in checked luggage? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'll be flying from Kansas to Texas and I want to pack my Glock 30S for CC in Texas. What's the procedure for legally doing ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 17
Like Tree10Likes

Thread: Having a gun in checked luggage?

  1. #1
    Member Array ddclancy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    High in the Rocky Mountains
    Posts
    326

    Having a gun in checked luggage?

    I'll be flying from Kansas to Texas and I want to pack my Glock 30S for CC in Texas. What's the procedure for legally doing this?
    I don't always carry two concealed S&W 500's.........JUST KIDDING!

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    VIP Member Array Brad426's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    3,690
    Start here: Firearms and Ammunition | Transportation Security Administration


    Then go here Checking only pistol case on airplane? and pay particular attention to Post #5.
    ddclancy and stylus like this.
    I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
    Clint Eastwood

  4. #3
    VIP Member
    Array OldVet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    S. Florida, north of the Miami mess, south of the Mouse trap
    Posts
    15,911
    Contact the website of the airlines and TSA, print a copy of each to take with you and comply with those instructions. Other than some low life handler stealing your bags, you'll have no problems.
    TN_Mike and BadgerJ like this.
    Retired USAF E-8. Remember: You're being watched!
    Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... "For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield

  5. #4
    Senior Member Array Dandyone's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    547
    As an aside, a buddy of mine is a professional photographer who carries tens of thousands of dollars of camera gear with him. In order to get special attention, he packs a pistol with it and fills out the appropriate paperwork... then the equipment gets tracked and is safer... so I guess the gun as an inanimate object works even without an operator!
    BadgerJ likes this.
    GGs
    BGs

    ”Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.”

  6. #5
    VIP Member
    Array archer51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    21,153
    Check out the TSA rules as well as the airlines rules. Both apply.
    Freedom doesn't come free. It is bought and paid for by the lives and blood of our men and women in uniform.

    USAF Retired
    NRA Life Member

  7. #6
    VIP Member
    Array ANGLICO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    I'm the guy next door that is polite, but does not tell you crap.
    Posts
    3,486
    The air carrier (airline) is the authority on the procedure. Check their site, and print the instructions = the ticket agent may be a totol moron or not agree with your rights, regardless of what the airline they work for says. I've personally run into an Anti-Gun ticket agent in San Francisco, who I had to educate, call the supervisor and get the TSA involved with. The TSA was actually on my side when this happend, because I had printed all of the applicable information and done everything to the T.

    Buy and use a SOLID non-flexible case that cannot even be remotely pried open when locked. I recommend a metal case. The TSA loves my case as I have had several complements on it. Regarding that, the TSA should not even be involved, since they are at the carry-on security point, however, some Leftist ticket agents get them involved just to make it a pain in your day. Be polite and you will be OK.

    No AMMO with the weapon in the locked case! Best way is for the Ammo seperate from the locked case, in your checked bag, and in it's origional manufacture box.

    NEVER let them put a 'firearms' tag on the outside of the bag, like the old days - before 9/11 2001! This is not required and if the ticket agent tells you otherwise, get a supervisor immediately!

    Use a TSA LOCK on your bag (use a very stout lock on the firearms case = it must be locked!).

    Again, check the rules for the actual air carrier you are flying.

    ALSO! ALSO! - check the state regulations on where your airplane may land, in-route or at the final destination. Example - do not fly into Communist NYC with a firearm......................................
    Last edited by ANGLICO; July 19th, 2013 at 11:47 PM.
    BadgerJ and BlueHawk76 like this.
    Socialism Kills! Time proven, with a very large body count! We are a Constitutional Republic....... not a Democracy, get it correct!

    Don't be mistaken for a Gecko45: http://lonelymachines.org/mall-ninjas/

    Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14qTdp-Dd30

    ANGLICO Images

  8. #7
    Member Array JoshJ10's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    39
    I just did this back in April from OH to FL and back. It was a piece of cake. Just follow the advice already given. These $25 safes are what I used, and it's a car vault to boot!

    GunVault NV200 NanoVault with Key Lock, Fits Full Size 1911 Style Pistols:Amazon:Home Improvement

  9. #8
    Distinguished Member Array sealteam20001's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    wasilla alaska
    Posts
    1,351
    Should be good to go with above advise. but remember if they change the rules ?? Have a safe trip.

  10. #9
    Member Array Strmwatch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Tampa, FL
    Posts
    343
    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    The air carrier (airline) is the authority on the procedure. Check their site, and print the instructions = the ticket agent may be a totol moron or not agree with your rights, regardless of what the airline they work for says. I've personally run into an Anti-Gun ticket agent in San Francisco, who I had to educate, call the supervisor and get the TSA involved with. The TSA was actually on my side when this happend, because I had printed all of the applicable information and done everything to the T.

    Buy and use a SOLID non-flexible case that cannot even be remotely pried open when locked. I recommend a metal case. The TSA loves my case as I have had several complements on it. Regarding that, the TSA should not even be involved, since they are at the carry-on security point, however, some Leftist ticket agents get them involved just to make it a pain in your day. Be polite and you will be OK.

    No AMMO with the weapon in the locked case! Best way is for the Ammo seperate from the locked case, in your checked bag, and in it's origional manufacture box.

    NEVER let them put a 'firearms' tag on the outside of the bag, like the old days - before 9/11 2001! This is not required and if the ticket agent tells you otherwise, get a supervisor immediately!

    Use a TSA LOCK on your bag (use a very stout lock on the firearms case = it must be locked!).

    Again, check the rules for the actual air carrier you are flying.

    ALSO! ALSO! - check the state regulations on where your airplane may land, in-route or at the final destination. Example - do not fly into Communist NYC with a firearm......................................

    The red part is incorrect. You can in fact have ammo in the same case as the firearm. Like you said it needs to be in either the original factory box or an aftermarket ammo container.

    I fly with my firearm all the time and always have a 20 round box of ammo inside the firearm case with my firearm.

  11. #10
    New Member Array RyaNOLA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    New Orleans
    Posts
    7
    Dont forget to look at any mag cap laws too as some states are now passing legis on caps, seems like itd be a easily overlooked item
    BadgerJ likes this.

  12. #11
    Senior Member Array swinokur's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bethesda, MD
    Posts
    931
    Go to Glock Pistols - Glock Pistol | Glock Talk - Index2 and search for the thread "Mac's guide to flying with firearms" Very comprehensive with lots of pictures too.
    BadgerJ and DoctorBob like this.

  13. #12
    Distinguished Member Array BadgerJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Mid-Atlantic
    Posts
    1,340
    Quote Originally Posted by Strmwatch View Post
    The red part is incorrect. You can in fact have ammo in the same case as the firearm. Like you said it needs to be in either the original factory box or an aftermarket ammo container.

    I fly with my firearm all the time and always have a 20 round box of ammo inside the firearm case with my firearm.
    I think the poster said that because AIRLINES may have different 'rules' and he wanted to give an overall recommendation. We should post cites in threads like these, but all the posts have been very good. Thanks, guys!

  14. #13
    Senior Member Array DoctorBob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    577
    Quote Originally Posted by ddclancy View Post
    I'll be flying from Kansas to Texas and I want to pack my Glock 30S for CC in Texas. What's the procedure for legally doing this?
    This is one of the most authoritative and complete posts ever on how to fly with a gun (on a plane, 'cause guns don't fly by themselves).
    Just read Mac's comments and then surf thru the comments.

    Mac's Guide to Flying with a Firearm: - Glock Talk
    'Guerir quelquefois, soulager souvent, consoler toujours.'

    "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." (John Steinbeck)

    Good health actually just means dying at the slowest possible rate.

  15. #14
    Member Array gmark340's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    143
    "Use a TSA LOCK on your bag..."

    Not sure whether this was referring to the case the gun is in or the checked bag that may contain a locked case that the gun is in. If the former, no! The gun must be in a case only you can open. If the latter, OK, so long as the gun is in something only you can open.

    I've never had a problem with numerous trips except for one time when my Glock went on an excursion by itself and showed up the next day. Just walk up to the counter with your cased gun, indicate that "I have an unloaded firearm to declare" and wait for the agent to ask you to open the case. To make it easy on agents who may not be gun savvy, and to confirm visually that the gun is unloaded, I thread a cable lock in the ejection port and out the barrel. You won't even have to lock it and anyone looking at it, including TSA when they x-ray it, can confirm it is unloaded. Depending on the airline, you may also pack loaded magazines in their corresponding mag pouches in with the firearm. I have not had an issue with that on several different airlines. All in all, if you are patient and polite, and make it easy for the agent, you shouldn't have a problem.

  16. #15
    Member Array GlockHawk17's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Eastern Kansas
    Posts
    38
    Quote Originally Posted by gmark340 View Post
    Depending on the airline, you may also pack loaded magazines in their corresponding mag pouches in with the firearm. I have not had an issue with that on several different airlines.
    No such luck on AA or UA..

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

carrying gun in checked luggage
,

fly with firearms ddclancy

,
pistol in checked luggage
Click on a term to search for related topics.