Flying with firearms: a guide for a smooth journey

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Flying with a gun is not a difficult process, but Americans must obey federal, state, local, and international laws to avoid incidents like Saturday’s at an Atlanta airport.

Hartsfield-Jackson “accidental discharge” of firearm Atlanta The international airport over the weekend created chaos and frightened travelers. Officials said there was no active shooter after numerous social media posts indicated passengers were evacuating parts of the busiest airport in the United States.

(The Associated Press)

ATLANTA AIRPORT: “ACCIDENTAL” GUN DISCHARGE SENDS TRAVELERS TO FLEE, BUT NO ACTIVE SHOOTERS, OFFICIALS INDICATE

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), travelers “may carry unloaded firearms in a locked rigid container as checked baggage only.”

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In a set of guidelines and rules, the TSA states that travelers must “declare the firearm and / or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag in at the counter”, and that the container of the l ‘firearm “must completely protect the firearm from access.” The TSA also states that “locked cases that can be easily opened are not allowed.”

Local, national and international laws regulating firearms, which travelers should be aware of before traveling, vary and can lead to legal problems if not followed properly.

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Two airplane pilots walk past a line of passengers as they wait in a security check-in line at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, ahead of the July 4 weekend, July 1, 2021. ( AP Photo / Shafkat Anowar, File)

Two airplane pilots walk past a line of passengers as they wait in a security check-in line at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, ahead of the July 4 weekend, July 1, 2021. ( AP Photo / Shafkat Anowar, File)

As stated in TSA rules, bringing “an unloaded firearm with accessible ammunition to the security checkpoint carries the same civilian penalty / fine as bringing a loaded firearm to the checkpoint.”

Additionally, the TSA noted that gun parts – including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pin – are prohibited in carry-on baggage but may be carried in checked baggage. Replica firearms, including toys, should also be carried in checked baggage only.

Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be carried in checked baggage.

For more information on the rules for traveling with weapons and ammunition, click here.

Fox News’s Audrey Conklin contributed to this article.


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