--Excerpted from American Rifleman, Feb. 2013
Every day, thousands of airline passengers legally transport firearms, parts and ammunition without incident – whether for hunting trips, shooting matches or simply for self-defense at their destination.
You may legally transport unloaded firearms, firearm parts and limited quantities of ammunition in checked baggage when you travel by air, as long as you follow TSA regulations, any additional airline requirements and the laws of the state and city to which you are traveling.
TSA regulations require firearms transported on commercial passenger flights to be unloaded, carried in a locked, hard-sided container and declared to the air carrier during the ticket counter check-in process.
Visit the TSA’s website for more information: www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition.
It’s always a good idea to print and bring along a copy of the TSA regulations and airline policies to help resolve any problems at check-in.
TSA (Transportation Security Administration)