The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found 4,432 guns on passengers or in their luggage in 2019. That is a 5% raise from 2018, where they found 4,239. TSA Administrator David Pekoske said “There is a proper way to travel safely with a firearm.” Travelers in Texas, Colorado, and Florida were the biggest culprits. View a TSA statement by clicking here.
It may feel odd going to an airport with a weapon. However, you can legally travel with a gun. The TSA claims numerous people have guns in their luggage. Although, there are a few very important rules. Likewise, do your research into the legal way. This will solve the top problems people have attempting this. Firstly, unload your firearms. In 2019, 87% of guns found were loaded. We can not emphasis this enough. Additionally, here are some rules, pulled directly from TSA.
TSA Firearm rules
- When traveling, comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments.
- If you are traveling internationally with a firearm in checked baggage, please check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information and requirements prior to travel.
- Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply.
- Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock unless TSA personnel request the key to open the firearm container to ensure compliance with TSA regulations. You may use any brand or type of lock to secure your firearm case, including TSA-recognized locks.
There are additional regulations, and guidelines. Particularly, for ammunition, and weapon parts. So make sure to check your local laws. Including the legal transport, to and from the airport. Have you ever traveled with a gun? Tell us you experience in the comments!