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I'm taking a trip to visit my fiance next week, flying out of Pittsburgh into Tampa on Southwest, and I wanted to bring him a box or two of 380 auto because he's had a heck of time finding it where he's at (and he hardly has any time to scout around for it).

I packed it up and was going to send it UPS Ground, but it's going to be $30+ and I know I can check it in my baggage instead for no extra cost.

I read a few threads on here talking about declaring firearms, but I'm leaving mine behind and just want to bring the ammo...do I still need to declare that at the counter? Is there any advantage or reason to put it in a lockable container? Are "sticky fingers" a common problem with TSA and airport employees when it comes to items like this?

If this ends up being a huge hassle, I guess I could just order him some via the internet and designate his place as the shipping address, but I'd like to give it to him in person, save on shipping, and not have to buy more ammo since I stocked up the last time it hit the shelves and am on a college student budget...any advice is much appreciated!


(Also, I really wasn't sure where to post this...sorry if it's in the wrong spot - please move it if needed. :) )
 

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When traveling just make certain that you have it packaged in the original container or in a box that seperates each individual cartridge, if you don't, they will seize it (ask me how I know). I checked the TSA website and there is no requirement to declare ammo, if they see it in your bag they'll probably just check to make sure it is packaged correctly, I'd call the airline you'll be flying with too just to make sure they don't have any other guidelines specific to them.
 

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I don't trust bringing anything ever since I had one of my VERY nice straight razors taken from my checked baggage.
 

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You are allowed to take ammo in your checked baggage as stated above. Southwest has an 11 pound maximum. Other airlines have different rules. Make sure that you purchase TSA locks at Office Depot, etc. for you luggage. After the inspection of your bag at the counter or TSA check point, you can lock the bag. A TSA lock will allow TSA to open if the desire to inspect further and then re-lock the bag.

Good Luck.
 

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Your call on whether or not to bring a weapon to Florida for your trip, but please know that FL reciprocity applies for OH and PA. We are happily welcome legally armed visitors and tourists.
 

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May I add, that when you travel, be sure to have a copy of the particular airline's rules site referring to guns and ammo. Sometimes they don't know their own rules.:gah:
 

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why are you not bringing your gun??? i would...also if you bring your gun you get to lock your luggage with a Non TSA lock so no one can go thru anything you have in your check luggage without you present ;)


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I don't believe that is correct.

The case the gun is locked in (inside your luggage) can, indeed must, be locked with a non-TSA lock, but the piece of luggage itself must have a TSA lock on it.

It's the gun container, not the luggage, that must be un-openable by TSA.
 

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I don't believe that is correct.

The case the gun is locked in (inside your luggage) can, indeed must, be locked with a non-TSA lock, but the piece of luggage itself must have a TSA lock on it.

It's the gun container, not the luggage, that must be un-openable by TSA.


no the outer lock maybe non tsa also if you are carrying a gun
 

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While you all are arguing about TSA locks, one of my co-workers had TSA approved locks broken off by ........... one would assume......the TSA.
They didn't break the lock, they broke off the tabs on his Pelican case.

No TSA locks for me.
 

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no the outer lock maybe non tsa also if you are carrying a gun
My traveling experience says otherwise. And you will very likely get the lock cut off, if they want to inspect the interior of the bag.
 

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I don't think you are required to lock your suitcase, are you? I've never locked mine, with or without a gun inside.

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No, locks are not required, but they do help to deter the dishonest baggage handler.
 

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You are allowed to take ammo in your checked baggage as stated above. Southwest has an 11 pound maximum. Other airlines have different rules. Make sure that you purchase TSA locks at Office Depot, etc. for you luggage. After the inspection of your bag at the counter or TSA check point, you can lock the bag. A TSA lock will allow TSA to open if the desire to inspect further and then re-lock the bag.

Good Luck.
Every time i lock my bags with a TSA approved lock, the lazy goons cut it off. I use a nylon wire tie now.
 

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no the outer lock maybe non tsa also if you are carrying a gun
Please provide a cite for this, because AFAIK, it's incorrect. If you are using a large locked gun case as luggage, and it's by itself, you MAY be able to get away with it. I would not chance it however. If TSA cuts the lock off, your gun case is not secured and by FAA regs, may not be placed on the aircraft.
 

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When you check luggage with firearms in it, they are supposed to escort you to the TSA screening area, where it is examined in your presence, and if neccessary, you can open the case. Once they are done, you MUST secure either the gun case, or the bag itself (as long as it is a hard-paneled bag) with a non-TSA lock. No one other than the traveler may is supposed to have a key to the lock.

The trick is to use a hard-sided suitcase and say that it is the "hard sided container" required by TSA.


TSA: Traveling with Special Items

The key regulatory requirements to transporting firearms, firearm parts or ammunition in checked baggage are:

You must declare all firearms to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
The firearm must be unloaded.

The firearm must be in a hard-sided container.
The container must be locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from access by anyone other than you. Cases that can be pulled open with little effort do not meet this criterion.
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We recommend that you provide the key or combination to the security officer if he or she needs to open the container. You should remain present during screening to take the key back after the container is cleared. If you are not present and the security officer must open the container, we or the airline will make a reasonable attempt to contact you. If we can't contact you, the container will not be placed on the plane. Federal regulations prohibit unlocked gun cases (or cases with broken locks) on aircraft.
 

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The trick is to use a hard-sided suitcase and say that it is the "hard sided container" required by TSA.
Tricks? The TSA doesn't know their own rules, you think you can trick them?
They cut TSA locks off every day...........maybe for fun, who knows?
 

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When traveling just make certain that you have it packaged in the original container or in a box that seperates each individual cartridge, if you don't, they will seize it (ask me how I know). I checked the TSA website and there is no requirement to declare ammo, if they see it in your bag they'll probably just check to make sure it is packaged correctly, I'd call the airline you'll be flying with too just to make sure they don't have any other guidelines specific to them.
I think I will definitely give them a call, and hopefully speak to someone knowledgeable. It's all in its original box, so there's that at least. Thanks!
 

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