TSA Approved Gun Travel

Flying with guns is not illegal, nor should you feel awkward when doing so. As long as you adhere to the specific guidelines put in place by the TSA and your airline, you will have no problem flying with your guns. Most major airlines support the TSA’s guidelines for traveling with guns on domestic flights.

Whether you’re a competition shooter or just traveling to an unfamiliar place and need an added layer of protection, traveling with your firearm is a simple process as long as you are TSA approved.


  • When traveling, comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments.
  • Call you airline a head of time and tell them what you plan to do. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply. Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage.
  • Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock.
  • Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
  • Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only.
  • Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.


    • Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
    • Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm. Read the requirements governing the transport of ammunition in checked baggage as defined by 49 CFR 175.10 (a)(8).
    • Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm.
    • Most airlines will allow up to 11 pounds of ammunition but again, check with your airline of choice to be sure you’re in compliance and still remain under their weight limit for checked bags.

UPDATED 1-11-16

Here is a copy of one airlines Firearms Declaration tag to be stored with your firearm for TSA approved gun travel:

Please enjoy this short TSA video


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