Flying with Firearms
What are the rules for flying with a gun?
Each airline will have their own policies about flying with guns and ammunition, and they will vary depending on which airline you are flying with. Make sure to contact the airline in advance to confirm that what you are planning to bring with you is allowed on your flight.
It is always important to ensure that you comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms - for where you are travelling from, to, and also the countries or states that you will be stopping at if your flight is not a non-stop flight. Laws concerning possession of firearms will vary by locality, county, state, and international government.
Always make sure that if you are travelling internationally, that the customs and border protection for the countries you travel to and from are contacted so that you can ensure that you comply to packing requirements and documentation requirements.
Each firearm will need to be declared each time it is presented for transport as checked baggage. There may be limitations or fees concerning transportation of guns and other equipment, so make sure that you have checked with the airline(s) which you are travelling with for information on this.
Each firearm must be unloaded and locked and contained within a hard-sided container. They need to be transported as checked baggage only. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination of the lock unless airport security personnel request to inspect the item to ensure compliance with regulations.
Parts of firearms, such as clips, magazines, firing pins, and bolts, are prohibited in carry-on luggage and must be transported as checked baggage. Replica firearms, including toys, must also be transported as checked baggage only.
Rifle scopes are permitted in both carry-on and checked luggage.