Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - THE AR­MORY -

Re­mem­ber back in 1986 when we sur­ren­dered the right to own newly man­u­fac­tured ma­chine guns? This was a com­pro­mise in or­der to make mail or­der am­mu­ni­tion pur­chases eas­ier and grant safe travel to firearm own­ers through oner­ous states that do not re­spect the Con­sti­tu­tion. The NRA sup­ported it, Ron­ald Rea­gan signed it, and we were as­sured that what we were gain­ing was more im­por­tant than what we were los­ing. It was called the Firearm Own­ers Pro­tec­tion Act (FOPA).

Well, au­thor­i­ties in the anti-gun states have been chip­ping away at it in the 31 years since its pas­sage. Po­lice of­fi­cers at JFK, La Guardia, Ne­wark and Albany air­ports have been known to en­force state and lo­cal firearm laws against air­line trav­el­ers who are pass­ing through their ju­ris­dic­tions. Even trav­el­ers in full com­pli­ance with fed­eral law have been ar­rested or threat­ened with ar­rest due to the ero­sion of the pro­tec­tion as­pects of FOPA.

Gun own­ers trav­el­ing through New York and New Jersey air­ports may want to con­sider ship­ping their firearms to their fi­nal des­ti­na­tions rather than bring­ing them through air­ports in these ju­ris­dic­tions.

Although Cal­i­for­nia has de­stroyed vir­tu­ally ev­ery pro­vi­sion in FOPA over the past three decades, I have not heard of LEOs in the Golden State act­ing overzeal­ously to­ward firearm own­ers trav­el­ling through those air­ports.

Bot­tom: Be­sides se­cur­ing your firearms in a lock­able case, make sure the case is suf­fi­ciently padded to safe­guard the con­tents from rough han­dling by bag­gage han­dlers. Bill Boch/Getty Im­ages

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