Trip to FL

Trip to FL

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    Trip to FL

    My wife and I were talking about our pilgrimage to Dinsey World with the kids (when they get a little older) and the parents in a few years and I got to thinking, chances are we'll fly out of BWI (In Maryland). How would I check my firearm there? Would it cause a stink being in MD? What should I do if I can't convince my folks not to fly out of BWI which is practically 10 minutes from their house? I've heard horror stories before about people checking firearms in MD, NJ etc...


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    Don't Worry About BWI

    Since your journey starts in PA and ends in FL, the following applies:

    http://www.anjrpc.org/DefendingYourR...s%20letter.pdf

    U. S. Department of Justice
    Office of Legislative Affairs
    Office of the Assistant Attorney General
    Washington, D.C. 20530
    February 18, 2005


    The Honorable Don Young
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Washington, DC 20515


    Dear Congressman Young:

    Thank you for your letter, dated June 18, 2003, to Admiral James M. Loy, then- Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), concerning the applicability of 18 U.S.C. section 926A to persons at airports in New York State who are taking flights to destinations outside of New York. Because section 926A is a provision of the Gun Control Act (GCA), which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) enforces, TSA forwarded your letter to the Department of Justice for response. We apologize for the delay in responding.

    In your letter you explained that local police officers in New York have threatened several individuals at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Albany International Airport with arrest for firearms possession based on strict State laws, and that in at least one case the firearms were confiscated. You explained that: (1) the people carrying the firearms were not prohibited from possessing firearms under Federal law, (2) the people had apparently traveled directly, without any interruption in the transportation, to the airports from other States where they legally could possess firearms, (3) their firearms and ammunition were secured in accordance with all applicable regulations for airline travel, and (4) they were flying to other States or countries where they could legally possess firearms.

    You then asked if TSA agrees that section 926A enables these travelers to possess the firearms legally in the New York airports and if so, if TSA would inform local police and prosecutors about this provision of the GCA. We appreciate your bringing this issue to our attention. The Department of Justice agrees that the provisions of section 926A apply to the situation set forth above assuming: (1) the person is traveling from somewhere he lawfully may possess and carry a firearm; (2) en route to the airport the firearm is unloaded and not accessible from the passenger compartment of his car; (3) the person transports the firearm directly from his vehicle to the airline check-in desk without any interuption in the transportation; and (4) while carrying the firearm to the check-in desk it is unloaded and in a locked container. This interpretation reflects the apparent congressional intent in enacting this provision, while allowing State and local law enforcement to continue to enforce their firearms laws aggressively to promote public safety. We will inform the applicable law enforcement authorities of our interpretation of section 926A.

    We trust this information responds to your inquiry. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact this office.

    Sincerely,





    William E. Moschella
    Assistant Attorney General
    George H. Foster
    Orlando, Florida

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    The problem is not with the TSA.
    It's with the MD police.

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    1. Call BWI and ask for the proper procedure to follow and potential hassles.
    2. Call the police and inform them of your intentions. Hear what they have to say.
    3. Do the intelligent thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirForceShooter View Post
    The problem is not with the TSA.
    It's with the MD police.

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    This was my concern. It'd probably be easier for me to tell my parents I'm flying out of Dulles in VA rather then convince them to change airports.

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    I am a PA resident and I recently flew out of BWI to Naples, FL and then flew back. I took two handguns with me. No issues what so ever. I was leary of traveling into MD with my pistols but I called the MSP and spoke with an officer who told me to have the guns unloaded, locked, and the ammo seperate, also make sure the mags are not loaded. Same as any state with peaceable journey laws. Once I arrived at BWI I went inside to check my bags, I told the lady that was taking care of me that I had to check a firearm, she handed me a little tag to fill out which I did, she then asked me to open trhe case containing the firearm, which I did and she then placed the tag inside the case and told me to lock it up, which I did. She then put my bag on the conveyor belt and away it went. No issues at all, the attendent seemed famaliar with the procedure and was not freaked out at all. I will advise you to print out and take a copy of the TSA regs and the regs of your airline with you in case you get an attendant that is not sure of what to do.

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