Most importantly, per Federal law, an individual may not have a weapon on or about the individual’s person or accessible property when entering or in a sterile area of an airport or when attempting to board or onboard an aircraft for which screening is conducted.
However, per the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) website, when traveling domestically, you may transport unloaded firearms,
You must declare the firearm at the check-in counter. The agent will likely request to inspect it to verify it is not loaded. Once that inspection is complete, you will need to lock your hard-sided container and, if it requires a key, be sure to keep that key with you as you travel. You are allowed to take firearm scopes in carry-ons.
In addition, be sure to comply with any magazine and ammunition restrictions that may be in place at your destination.
*If you encounter an unexpected travel complication that results in your aircraft landing in a state with no reciprocity and strict possession laws such as New York or New Jersey, do not take possession of the luggage where your firearm is stored. Request that the airline forward that luggage to your final destination.
Contact the TSA Contact Center with questions you have regarding TSA firearm regulations and for clarification on what you may or may not transport in your carry-on or checked baggage.
Links to the major domestic airlines firearms policies.
If you are traveling internationally with a firearm, see our International Travel page for information.
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