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  • Esox

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    May 16, 2015
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    I have a .22lr rifle that I've kept at my in-laws in Louisana that I woul like to bring home - current residence is Md.

    I was planning to bring it as checked luggage, locked, proper case etc.
    I assume this is straight forward given I land in Va, no issues checking into with the airline.

    Is this be anything to potentially concerned about as?


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    D&Ds

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    Aug 16, 2022
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    Indian Head
    I have a .22lr rifle that I've kept at my in-laws in Louisana that I woul like to bring home - current residence is Md.

    I was planning to bring it as checked luggage, locked, proper case etc.
    I assume this is straight forward given I land in Va, no issues checking into with the airline.

    Is this be anything to potentially concerned about as?


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    Would it be easier (cheaper) to have the local ffl ship to your local ffl? Unless you already have a TSA approved shipping container. Checked baggage can be rather expensive too.

    It appears that you may be able to mail it to your Md. FFL


     
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    babalou

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    Aug 12, 2013
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    Glenelg
    Put an apple airtag in the case/checked luggage. If the off chance of the airline loses the gun case.
    yup. If thugs can use them to track rich people in CA to rob them, then why not. This is seriously a good idea you have.
     

    Esox

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    May 16, 2015
    50
    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.
    It sounds like the better option is to ship via ffl - which is no problem, I just have to find a local one.
    Like mentioned, that would be the cheapest option as I would have to buy a proper case and locks and then pay for checked luggage.

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    John from MD

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    May 12, 2005
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    Socialist State of Maryland
    Would it be easier (cheaper) to have the local ffl ship to your local ffl? Unless you already have a TSA approved shipping container. Checked baggage can be rather expensive too.

    It appears that you may be able to mail it to your Md. FFL


    Federal law says he can mail it to himself. When I was hunting out West, most of the guys I knew just sent it to the hotel they were staying in and sent it to their home when finished. Long guns only.
     

    Esox

    Member
    May 16, 2015
    50
    Federal law says he can mail it to himself. When I was hunting out West, most of the guys I knew just sent it to the hotel they were staying in and sent it to their home when finished. Long guns only.
    If this is indeed an option, then this is the route I'll go. That would be the easiest and for sure the cheapest.
     

    antco

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    Apr 28, 2010
    7,030
    Calvert, MD
    Jumping in late to say the same: it is completely legal to mail this rifle to yourself, assuming it’s legal for you to posses in MD. You really just need to follow the rules of the specific shipping company.
     

    crolfe1984

    Enthusiast
    Oct 21, 2007
    562
    Baltimore City, MD
    I've flown in/out of DCA with a checked handgun. Here's my advice...

    1. Drive around, not through.
    2. Arrive AT LEAST two hours early. I was escorted from the check-in counter to a special area and had to wait until inspectors opened and cleared my firearm/case as safe.
    3. Make sure you have a case that locks on both corners.
    4. If you pack your ammo in the same case, make sure its in the factory box or otherwise safe container, and not rattling about or loose.
    5. Enjoy your firearm at your destination! Once you fly with a firearm, you'll see how easy it can be with just a little prep and a good container. Allowing for extra time is the biggest thing.
     

    Esox

    Member
    May 16, 2015
    50
    Jumping in late to say the same: it is completely legal to mail this rifle to yourself, assuming it’s legal for you to posses in MD. You really just need to follow the rules of the specific shipping company.
    That's what I did and it made it here today :party29:.
     

    JohnnyE

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    Jan 18, 2013
    9,229
    MoCo
    I have a .22lr rifle that I've kept at my in-laws in Louisana that I woul like to bring home - current residence is Md.

    I was planning to bring it as checked luggage, locked, proper case etc.
    I assume this is straight forward given I land in Va, no issues checking into with the airline.

    Is this be anything to potentially concerned about as?


    E
    I'm late to the party but I got bounced from checking a case with 60 pistols, rifles and shotguns in Fla. a couple of years ago, and ended up driving them to my destination weeks later. Probably a good thing.
     

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