We get a lot of questions from our readers asking us the laws of traveling with guns. While we’re not lawyers and it is ALWAYS recommended to call your airline carrier AHEAD of your trip, we do know that it’s important to know your rights and the basic dos and dont’s surrounding it. Flying with your weapons may sound like it could be a headache, especially where TSA is concerned, but the reality is that it’s not as difficult as you may think.
Flying with your weapons may sound like it could be a headache, especially where TSA is concerned, but the reality is that it’s not as difficult as you may think. With modern security standards in place, the thought of flying with your firearms can be overwhelming. Making a mistake regarding security regulations can cause more than mere aggravation, as doing so can carry serious legal consequences. Contrary to popular belief, the rules aren’t extremely complicated. A firm grasp on these rules will allow for confident and peaceful air travel with your firearms.
First and foremost, when traveling with your firearms, be certain that your firearms are legal to posses in the state from which you depart and the state in which you will ultimately arrive. As every state and sometimes local laws differ, and those differences are beyond the scope of this discussion, be sure to conduct extensive research or consult an attorney before you travel about the gun laws in that state. In particular, pay close attention to laws regarding possession (open carry versus concealed carry), automobile travel, restrictions on magazine capacity, and types of ammunition.
American Airlines: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/baggage/firearms.jsp
Frontier Airlines: http://www.flyfrontier.com/travel-information/baggage/firearms
Southwest Airlines: https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/baggage/special-luggage-pol.html (Select “Guns and Ammunition” on the left side)
United Airlines: http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/sports.aspx
As you can see, it’s not the most painful process. Law abiding gun owners don’t have to leave their guns at home if they educate themselves and take the proper precautions. For the Transportation Security Administration’s most recent statements regarding air travel with firearms, see www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition.
Source: Gun Carrier