I’ve talked quite a bit in the past about air travel with firearms. Â It is a practice that I engage in often. Â If my destination is a gun friendly place I take my pistols. Â This is true if I am traveling for business or for pleasure. Â It is never a requirement for me to have a gun. Â Even when I am teaching, a friend, family member, host or student typically has a spare that they are willing to loan me for the duration of my stay for carry and for use on the range if need be. Â None the less, I like to carry my own. Â So, sometimes, I don’t travel with a gun when I fly. Â When you are a shooter, and you flyÂ whetherÂ you take your guns or not you need to pay particularly close attention to your carry on bags.
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Shooters and Ammunition
They kind of go together don’t they. Â Folks that do a lot of shooting typically have a lot of ammunition. Â If your not careful, you can find that you begin to treat that ammunition like spare change. Â This is probably not the best case situation.
- Ammunition is expensive
- Ammunition needs to be stored properly
- There can be consequences to carrying ammunition in places where it is prohibited
Another View of the Regs from TSA
Don’t be this guy!
Consequences of having Ammunition in your Carry-On
It is listed pretty clearly that violation of carrying ammunition in a carry-on bag can be fines of up to $10,000, but I think you would agree that there are consequences that are much more likely and problematic just the same.
- Loss of ammunition
- Interaction with TSA Supervisors
- Interaction with LEO at Airport
- Follow up investigation
What You Can Do to Reduce the Risk
- Store ammunition properly.
- Don’t travel with bags you use to store ammunition.
- If you do travel with range bags, check, recheck, check again.
- If you are traveling from the range to the airport, check your person as well.