Thanx again. Connecting flight out of Newark to Scranton ends the H P issue. I never get to touch the luggage till I get to Scranton Pa.
I wouldn't risk it. You can't touch your luggage or your firearm until you reach your destination anyway so consider purchasing your ammo when you get there.
I have traveled with my firearms probably more than a dozen times (sometimes lots of firearms). I make take some FMJs but I never take HPs on the plane.
Remember, you are risking a $1,000 fine for every single HP bullet you have with you in NJ. Even though some have told you not to worry about it that is just too much of a risk. Just imagine if there is a delay and you are left in NJ overnight or even briefly.
There was a story not long ago of a man who was rerouted to NJ (he wasn't even supposed to have a lay over there) because of weather and he had a magazine of hollow points in his luggage. He was fined $10,000.. $1,000 for each bullet.
It's just not worth it. If you must take ammo, take some FMJs, but I'd recommend buying the ammo when you get there and donating it to a friend when you leave or shipping it home. Call it a $20 insurance policy.
This is from my blog (The 10 steps to flying with handguns
You cannot carry your weapon on the plane, you must check it. (I know this may seem incredibly obvious but some people still ask so I'll just cover that base right off the bat.)
2.Go to the TSA website
and print off their policy regarding firearms on flights.
3.Call the airline, check on their policy for firearms on their flights (all airlines must abide by the TSA policy but they can also extend a stricter policy if they would like and it may keep you from flying or taking your guns with you if you aren't aware of their policy.)
4.All firearms must be in a hard-sided, lockable case and they must be empty.
5.Ammunition can be taken with you but in a limited amount and it should go in a separate container than your firearms (TSA provides that it can go in the same case as your guns but a lot of times it doesn't fit and again, the airline might have a different policy on ammunition so call the airline).
6.Arrange all of your firearms in the case so that they can be easily checked to be sure they are clear without much touching and moving (i.e. locking the slide open and placing it in the case sans the magazine in a way so that a glance in the chamber will indicate that it is, indeed, empty).
7.When you check in at the airport declare your firearms. They will want to see them and place a slip of paper in the case with your firearms indicating that they have looked at them and approved them.
8.Be courteous to the security personnel and be prepared to unlock and show your guns as you will be required do to so.
9.Know the transportation, carry and reciprocity laws of your destination states (including any state that you may have a layover in) you don't want to get your guns taken away because you failed to know the laws of the state you are entering.
10.If possible, get a non-stop flight to cut down on the number of unfamiliar hands that will be within access to your firearms.
Pay special attention to #3. I have flown on some flights that have not allowed any ammunition. As mentioned in #3, just because TSA allows for ammunition to be brought along does NOT mean that the airline has the same opinion. Call the airline and check on THEIR policy as well as it very well may be stricter than TSA.
I would also like to add that security is not allowed to touch your firearms. They can ask you to lift them up to inspect them but they are not to actually touch them themselves.
Also, be prepared for the person who is checking you in to not have a CLUE on what they are doing. I've had to walk more than one check-in person through the process.
NOTHING should be on the outside of your luggage indicating that there are firearms within. If anyone tells you otherwise, that's when you pull out your TSA papers.
Also, don't walk up to the counter and say, "I've got a gun." Faces get very scared, very quickly. A more gentile approach is to say, "I need to declare a firearm." You don't get so many freaked out faces.
Enjoy your flight.