Dis­claimer: Th­ese travel tips are just that, tips. Bot­tom line is use your own due dili­gence and make sure you are aware of the laws be­fore in­ter­state travel with firearms and am­mu­ni­tion. More in­for­ma­tion can be found at:

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01 Firearms Own­ers’ Pro­tec­tion Act

The Firearms Own­ers’ Pro­tec­tion Act (FOPA) is a com­pi­la­tion of laws that pro­tect those who are trans­port­ing firearms for law­ful pur­poses from lo­cal re­stric­tions that would oth­er­wise pro­hibit pas­sage. No fed­eral per­mit is re­quired or even avail­able for the in­ter­state trans­porta­tion of firearms. Fed­eral law does not re­strict in­di­vid­u­als from trans­port­ing legally ac­quired firearms across state lines for law­ful pur­poses ex­cept those ex­plic­itly pro­hib­ited by fed­eral law.

02 Un­der­stand Lo­cal Laws

Most states and lo­cal­i­ties have their own laws that gov­ern the trans­porta­tion of firearms through their ju­ris­dic­tions. Those trans­port­ing firearms through th­ese ter­ri­to­ries must be aware and com­ply with the laws of the ju­ris­dic­tions that they pass through. It is your job to be aware of the laws in the ar­eas you trans­port to.

03 Trans­port By Ve­hi­cle

There isn’t a uni­form trans­porta­tion method for firearms when trav­el­ling by mo­tor ve­hi­cle be­tween states. When in doubt, the NRA (in ac­cor­dance with 18 U.S. Code § 926A) sug­gests that “a trav­eler should carry firearms unloaded, locked in a case, and stored in an area (such as a trunk or at­tached tool­box) where they are in­ac­ces­si­ble from a ve­hi­cle’s pas­sen­ger com­part­ment and not vis­i­ble from out­side the ve­hi­cle. Any am­mu­ni­tion should be stored in a sep­a­rate locked con­tainer.” There are ex­cep­tions de­pend­ing on the type of firearm and the lo­cale you’re trav­el­ling through. Again, it is highly rec­om­mended that trav­el­ers con­sult lo­cal law prior to trav­el­ling.

04 Trans­port By Air­craft

Yes, you can trans­port firearms and am­mu­ni­tion in checked bag­gage on com­mer­cial flights. The Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TSA) has strin­gent re­quire­ments for trans­port­ing th­ese items that must be fol­lowed. Some of the re­quire­ments in­clude that firearms be unloaded and checked with the air­line as checked lug­gage. Be aware that firearms and their parts such as bar­rels, mag­a­zines, re­ceivers and other in­ter­nal com­po­nents, as well as am­mu­ni­tion, are pro­hib­ited from carry-on bag­gage. One must com­ply with FOPA, air­line and

TSA poli­cies re­gard­ing firearms and am­mu­ni­tion trans­porta­tion by air­plane to avoid le­gal li­a­bil­i­ties. More reg­u­la­tions ex­ist; look them up prior to trav­el­ing.

05 Trans­port On Your per­son

If you’re a CCW per­mit holder and wish to trans­port your firearm on your per­son or within ready ac­cess in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, re­mem­ber that all state and lo­cal laws re­gard­ing the car­ry­ing of firearms ap­ply. It is pru­dent to find out what each state’s laws are re­gard­ing con­cealed carry rec­i­proc­ity by con­tact­ing the state’s At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s of­fice. You can also re­view the Con­cealed Carry Rec­i­proc­ity Guide at:

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