It is possible to transport firearms that are not loaded in a secure, hard-sided container for luggage that is checked only. The firearm and/or ammunition must be declared to the airline while you check your baggage at the counter for tickets. The container must be secured completely to stop the firearm to prevent it from being opened. Locked cases that are quickly opened is not allowed. Take note that the storage container that the firearm was stored in at the time of purchased might not be secure enough to protect the firearm when carried through baggage check.   

Reach out to with the TSA Contact Center for any questions you may have concerning TSA firearm regulations, and to get clarification regarding what you can or should not carry in your checked luggage or carry-on bags.   


  •     When you travel, ensure that you comply with the laws governing guns and firearms, as they differ by state, local and international authorities.    
  •     If you’re traveling internationally and have a firearm in checked baggage, be sure to visit on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for details and regulations prior to traveling.    
  •     Make sure to declare each firearm every time you bring it in for transportation to be checked as baggage. Check with your airline for restrictions or charges that could be applicable.    
  •     Firearms should be unloaded and secured in a container with a hard-sided lid and shipped in luggage that is checked only. According to 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm is one that has an active round of ammunition or any of its components inside the chamber or the cylinder, or inside a magazine which is placed inside the firearm. The person who is the owner of the firearm must keep the key or combination for the lock, unless TSA personnel require keys to open the container for firearms to ensure conformity with TSA rules. It is possible to make use of any type or brand locks to protect your firearm’s case that is TSA-approved locks.    
  •     The bringing of a firearm unloaded and with open ammunition to the security checkpoint can result in the same fine or civil penalty that bringing a firearm loaded at the security checkpoint.   
  •     Parts of firearms, such as clips, magazines bolts, firing pins, and bolts are not allowed in carry-on luggage, however they are allowed to be transported with checked luggage.    
  •     Replica firearms, such as replica firearms, which are toys, are taken in checked bags only.    
  •     Rifle scopes can be carried in checked and carry-on baggage.    

   United States Code, Title 18 Part 1 Chapter 44, firearm definitions comprises: any firearm (including an introductory gun) that has the capability or is intended to, or can easily convert to release an explosive by the action of an explosive frame, or the receiver for weapon, any firearm silencer, muffler, or firearm or any other device that is destructive. In accordance with 49 CFR 1540.5 an unloaded firearm is one that has live rounds of ammunition or any other component of it inside the chamber or cylinder or which is placed in the gun.   


  •     Ammunition is not allowed in carry-on bags, but can be carried with checked bags.    
  •     Magazines for firearms and ammunition clips either empty or loaded are required to be secured in a box or put inside a hard-sided case that contains unloaded firearms. Check out the regulations for the transport of ammunition inside checked baggage, as specified in 49 CFR 175.10 (a)(8).    
  •     Small-arms ammunition (up in .75 caliber ) and shotgun shells in any size) should be packed in fiber (such such as cardboard) or wood, plastic or a metal container specifically designed for carrying ammunition. The ammunition must be declared to the airline.    
  •     Ammunition can be carried in the same , hard-sided locked case that you would use for a firearm in the event that it has been packed according to the in the previous paragraph. It is not possible to make use of firearm magazines or clips to pack ammunition unless they fully enclose the ammunition. Magazines for firearms and ammunition clips filled or empty are required to be boxed or put inside an enclosed, hard-sided case.    
  •     Check with your airline about the amount limitations for ammunition.    


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