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Old December 15th, 2014, 08:16 PM #1
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Shipping a .22 rifle

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I want to ship a rifle I own from MD to me in Florida. Questions:
1. Can I take it with me by commercial plane in checked luggage without a big fuss?
2. Is it FedEx or UPS which is the most user-friendly for such a ship?
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Old December 15th, 2014, 08:22 PM #2
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I have brought in hand guns to MD through the airlines and plan on bring in a 30/30 and shotgun over the holidays and so far no trouble at all.
Last hand gun I brought home I even forgot to declare in checked baggage (whoops!) and nothing came from it.
Of course the departing state was Gun Friendly...


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Oh and another thing, DO NOT have any ammo..............
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I have brought in hand guns to MD through the airlines and plan on bring in a 30/30 and shotgun over the holidays and so far no trouble at all.
Last hand gun I brought home I even forgot to declare in checked baggage (whoops!) and nothing came from it.
Of course the departing state was Gun Friendly...


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Thanks for the info. I'm doing the reverse -- from an 'unfriendly' state to a friendly one.
How do you declare the gun in checked baggage? Is there a form to be filled out -- or do you just tell the checker verbally?
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Oh and another thing, DO NOT have any ammo..............
It is a .22. Who has ammo for that.
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I want to ship a rifle I own from MD to me in Florida. Questions:
1. Can I take it with me by commercial plane in checked luggage without a big fuss?
2. Is it FedEx or UPS which is the most user-friendly for such a ship?
Thanks,
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It needs to be in a lockable case. You simply declare it to the ticket agent, they make you sign a red tag saying it is unloaded and ask you to wait for 10 min in case TSA needs to take you in a back room and give you a hummus enema in case you skipped breakfast.

I am not sure if you can ship a rifle to yourself. Both UPS and Fedex will want you to send it next day air $$$$. You can ship it to an FFL but that is more $$.
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^What he said, tell the ticket teller you have a firearm, they give you a red tag to insert into the case saying there is no ammo, and you are good to go. As I said above I even forgot to declare and had no problem, maybe a fluke but I would not bet on it.

Be up front and you should have no problem (double check that your carry on has no ammo though!!!)

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It needs to be in a lockable case. You simply declare it to the ticket agent, they make you sign a red tag saying it is unloaded and ask you to wait for 10 min in case TSA needs to take you in a back room and give you a hummus enema in case you skipped breakfast.

I am not sure if you can ship a rifle to yourself. Both UPS and Fedex will want you to send it next day air $$$$. You can ship it to an FFL but that is more $$.
Thanks for your advice. Does it have to be in a separate lockable case on the plane or is it ok to have it in a regular lockable suitcase along with your shirts, pants etc in it too?
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I've only flown with Rem 700's which don't fit in any of my luggage, except duffel bags. Firearms have to be in hardsided bags. http://www.orgsites.com/az/certified/_pgg7.php3
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I fly with guns all the time. It has to be in a locked hard case. DO NOT use TSA locks. You check your bag and declare you have a firearm. You fill out a card and toss it in the case and lock it. Only you should have the key. Sometimes they want you to show them that they are unloaded and see the ammo if you have ammo in the same case, but more times then not, they aren't interested. I usually have ammo too and while it doesn't have to be in a locked case, I usually lock it in the same container. No loaded mags and the ammo must be in sturdy packaging like its original packaging. There is a an ammo weight limit... I think 11 lbs or something. Some airports have me wait 10 mins after cking my gun before going through security in case there is a problem, but other airports just tell me I'm good to go. For handguns I put my locked case in a larger piece of luggage to make it less conspicuous (I use a pelican type case for the guns themselves). I fly southwest all the time and I understand that other airlines might have different rules so be sure to check with them https://www.southwest.com/html/custo...ggage-pol.html . Also probably want to read up on the TSA rules of course... http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-informat...and-ammunition I keep a copy of all the rules (airline and TSA) with me when I travel. Also, be aware of the state you are landing in or could be diverted too. I understand you are going to Florida, but NJ has some crazy laws and they have outlawed Hollow Point ammo so I don't travel to the North East with HP ammo (apparently the fed law that protects us from traveling interstate doesn't apply in NJ airports... but that is another story). Hope that helps. For me at least, it isn't a big fuss.... 10 or 15 mins longer then normal as long as the checked baggage line is short, that's all. Just know the policy's and you'll be good.
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