Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Wishing You Safe and Smooth Holiday Travel

Thursday, December 4, 2014

With the holidays upon us, NRA encourages travelers to be mindful of the gun laws of the jurisdictions they are traveling in, as well as those pertaining to the mode of travel.  To help ensure that gun owners are informed, we would like to remind travelers of some of the basic guidelines for traveling with firearms and of resources where they can obtain further information on this topic.

Those traveling with a firearm by air are required to store the firearm unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container, separate from any ammunition.  The traveler must declare the firearm at the airline’s ticket counter.  No firearms, firearm parts, or ammunition are allowed in carry-on luggage.  TSA’s website provides detailed information about traveling by air with a firearm, available at http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition.

Further, we encourage travelers to carefully check their luggage for firearms, firearm parts, and ammunition before embarking.  When feasible, it is wise to have bags dedicated to firearms and related equipment, and others dedicated to travel.  Failing to remember a firearm or ammunition in one’s carry-on or on one’s person can lead to arrest and confiscation of the item.  The official TSA blog has a running “Week in Review” column detailing the firearms and other weapons they have seized at airport checkpoints in the past week.  It should be a priority of every gun-owning flyer to stay off of it.

Similar to airline passengers, those travelling by Amtrak are required to check their unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided case, separate from any ammunition.  Arrangements to check a firearm must be made with at least 24-hours’ notice, by calling 800-USA-RAIL.  Further details can be found at Amtrak’s website, at, http://www.amtrak.com/firearms-in-checked-baggage.

Right-to-Carry permit holders face a patchwork of different state laws.  As seen in the recent case of Shaneen Allen, a Philadelphia mother who mistakenly believed her Pennsylvania concealed carry permit would be recognized in New Jersey, some jurisdictions are unrelenting in their politically-driven persecution of traveling gun owners.  Those seeking to exercise their rights while traveling are urged to consult NRA’s concealed carry reciprocity map, as well as the firearm law summaries of the states through which they will travel.

Travelers transporting firearms by motor vehicle are protected under federal law, provided they follow the procedures laid out in the Firearm Owner’s Protections Act (FOPA).  FOPA ensures that firearm owners can transport guns from one location where they may lawfully possess and carry firearms to another where they may do so, as long as the firearm is unloaded and in the trunk of the car.  In the case of a vehicle without a trunk, the firearm must be in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.  Unfortunately, a few problem jurisdictions (especially New York City and New Jersey) flout federal law and will often attempt to enforce local gun control laws against those who are merely passing through the jurisdiction while transporting unloaded firearms.  For more information on FOPA and these jurisdictions, please see NRA’s Guide to the Interstate Transportation of Firearms.

NRA recognizes that some gun control laws or policies that complicate and burden travel by law-abiding persons may seem misguided or ineffective against real criminals.  We are continuously working in the state and federal courts and legislatures to ensure law-abiding gun owners do not check their rights at the state line or the terminal of a common carrier.  We also work with administrative agencies wherever possible to help ease travel complications for law-abiding gun owners.   As frustrating and complicated as the rules can be, gun owners are still responsible for knowing and following them, and your NRA is here to help.

TRENDING NOW
NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

News  

Friday, August 30, 2019

NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

After decades of NASCAR drivers literally turning left for hours every race day (road course races excluded, of course), the governing body appears to be taking a figurative left turn, politically. K-Var, a retailer in outdoor and ...

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Declares NRA a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Declares NRA a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”

On September 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution, “declaring that the National Rifle Association is a domestic terrorist organization and urging other cities, states, and the federal government to do the same.”The resolution was ...

California: Anti-Gun Bills Sent to Governor

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

California: Anti-Gun Bills Sent to Governor

Earlier this week, the California Legislature cast final votes on AB 12, AB 61, AB 879, AB 1254, AB 1297, and AB 1669, which will now move to Governor Newsom's desk for his consideration.  

“Pro-gun” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Turns on Second Amendment Supporters, Sides With Anti-Gun Lobby

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

“Pro-gun” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Turns on Second Amendment Supporters, Sides With Anti-Gun Lobby

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick uses his political website to claim he is “leading the fight for life and liberty in Texas, including … standing up for the Second Amendment.” He also proudly notes his prior NRA endorsement. But ...

News  

Friday, September 13, 2019

NRA Statement on Texas Governor's Safety Action Report

The National Rifle Association released the following statement on Friday regarding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Texas Safety Action Report:   

California Mayor to Tax Law-abiding Gun Owners for the Actions of Criminals

News  

Friday, August 30, 2019

California Mayor to Tax Law-abiding Gun Owners for the Actions of Criminals

This week, San Jose, Calif. Mayor Sam Liccardo took to the pages of the Washington Post to tout a plan to require law-abiding gun owners in his city to purchase firearms insurance. Under the Liccardo proposal, firearms owners ...

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Florida Alert! Are You Ready For Gun Registration?

A Constitutional Amendment calling for an "assault weapons" ban is being proposed for the ballot in 2020.  The definition of "assault weapon," in the amendment, includes ALL semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.  If the amendment goes on the ballot ...

Groovy: Former NY Times Editor Wants to Return to 1960 Gun Laws

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Groovy: Former NY Times Editor Wants to Return to 1960 Gun Laws

Proving once again that ignorance is no bar to publication in the U.S. legacy press, former executive editor of the New York Times Howell Raines has offered his inane take on the current gun control ...

News  

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

The 1994 Clinton Crime Bill's Firearm Provisions

President Clinton signed the 1994 federal Crime Bill into law on Sept. 13, 1994, including the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which made it a federal crime for a private individual ...

Marching Toward Gun Confiscation: Prohibition Advocates Released Unhinged Gun Control Plan

News  

Monday, August 26, 2019

Marching Toward Gun Confiscation: Prohibition Advocates Released Unhinged Gun Control Plan

This week, March for Our Lives – the gun control group that arose in the wake of the criminal mass attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. – released a lengthy plan ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.