Don't Be Intimidated by the Rules for Taking Firearms When Flying

Flying with firearms doesn't have to be intimidating or stress inducing. These videos clearly explain the rules for safely transporting your firearms.

Transporting your firearms when flying can be an intimidating process. There are all sorts of things to consider and rules to follow when you bring your guns to the airport.

Hopefully these three short videos will help put your mind at ease about packing, declaring, submitting and traveling with your firearms on a commercial airline.

The first video is by Randy Newberg. Newberg has traveled with his firearms enough to know the basics of what you need to do to satisfy TSA requirements.

He also makes an excellent point that you need to familiarize yourself with the firearms rules of the particular airline you'll be using. Go to their website and look up their firearm guidelines. They may be a little more stringent than the federal rules.

Next is a brief video from an actual TSA agent. This guy gives you the basics of how to properly pack your firearm and the process of declaring your weapon once you get to the airport.

He also touches on the mistakes that people can make when bringing their guns to the airport check-in. You don't want to screw this can cost you money and time.

Finally we have what I consider to be one of the best presentations on how to safely and securely transport your firearms with commercial airlines.

This is from the Military Arms Channel and this man gives as thorough and complete an explanation of how to pack, declare and transport your gun as any I've seen.

His discussion of the proper case and locks to use is vital information if you want to avoid hassles at the airport.

Check the TSA site and read the federal rules on Transporting Firearms and Ammunition. Again, this will give you the basics of how to travel with firearms and ammo, but it pays to double check your particular airline's rules as well, just to make sure that you're up to snuff with what they require or if there are any additional things besides the federal rules that you need to consider.

Hauling ammunition is one area where folks can unintentionally mess up. Make sure that your ammo is in the same box as your gun or in a separate hard, lockable box. Do not carry it in your carry-on bag.

Unfortunately, it's not like that old Die Hard movie anymore where the John McClane simply says, "It's okay, I'm a cop!" and gets a pass.

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