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Leftist don’t usually embrace federalism, unless of course it suits their purpose.

One place that federalism suits them is in the area of gun control. Because many states don’t seem to recognize the inviolability of the 2nd Amendment and instead treat our right to keep and bear firearms as a suggestion, it’s important that gun owners be careful when crossing state lines with their firearms. It’s even more important that we take great care when doing our traveling by aircraft, because airports get mighty ornery when travelers are packing heat.

Every state has a different set of rules, and while TSA handles “security” at airports across the nation, there are sometimes differences in the way airports handle their procedures.

Thankfully, the folks at Gun World recently put together a concise (but thorough) piece detailing the best way to travel when you need to bring your firearm with you.

First, TSA regulations state that all firearms should be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided case as checked baggage. You must take the unloaded firearm in the case directly to the ticket counter and explain that you are carrying a firearm. You will have to sign and date a declaration verifying that the firearm is unloaded.

Ammo must also be checked, and I have never had any issues carrying ammunition in the original manufacturer’s box (although some prefer reload boxes). Ammo can be stored in the same hard-sided container as the firearm, but mags should remain unloaded. Most airlines limit your ammunition to 5 kilograms, which equates to 11 pounds; that’s plenty for even a lengthy safari. However, if you’re going to a shooting school at which you’ll burn a lot of ammo, you probably won’t be able to fl y with as much as you’d like. Likewise, if you’re a muzzleloader, you won’t be able to fly with powder and powder pellets.

But for most hunters and shooters, flying with a firearm isn’t an issue. I hear horror stories, but I generally fly out of Cincinnati, where the airport staff is courteous and familiar with the procedures for firearms handling. Of course, you can get yourself into trouble. Take the time to empty magazines, and get the loose ammo out of coat pockets before you fl y. I know it’s easy to accidentally forget a single .223 round that you dumped in your pocket on a coyote hunt, but it’s worth taking the time to check your stuff before you head to the airport.

Don’t forget, you’ll want to find a well-made hard case carrier to protect your firearm and even then you’ll want to find a way to make the interior as secure as possible.

Read the rest of the advice on traveling with your gun(s) at Gun

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