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I know this isn’t necessarily a “carry issue” but I have a firearm transportation question. My company is moving us from Indiana to California. A moving company is moving our stuff and cars. We are flying on a plane.

What is the SOP for taking firearms on a plane? I know you have to check them but what are the requirements? Hard locking case? Do they need to be identified? After 9/11 I am just a little jumpy about walking into an airport and declaring I have firearms. 8-O
 

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Here is the info straight from the horse's, eerrrr, mouth, as it were:
http://www.tsa.gov/public/display?conte ... 19800ac232

Following is a summary of key regulatory requirements to transport firearms, firearm parts or ammunition in checked baggage:

* All firearms must be declared to the air carrier during the ticket counter check-in process.
* The firearm must be unloaded.
* The firearm must be carried in a hard-sided container.
* The container must be locked.
* It is preferred that the passenger provide the key or combination to the screener if it is necessary to open the container, and then remain present during screening to take back possession of the key after the container is cleared. If you are not present and the screener must open the container, the TSA and/or airline will make a reasonable attempt to contact the passenger. If this is unsuccessful, the container will not be placed on the plane since unlocked gun cases (or cases with broken locks) are not permitted on aircraft due to Federal regulations.
* Any ammunition transported must be securely packed in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
* Firearm magazines/clips do not satisfy the packaging requirement unless they provide a complete and secure enclosure of the ammunition (e.g., by securely covering the exposed portions of the magazine or by securely placing the magazine in a pouch, holder, holster or lanyard).
* The ammunition may also be located in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as it is properly packed as described above.
* Black powder and percussion caps used with black-powder type firearms are not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage.
Hope this helps!
Paul
 

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you can stress about it if you want but stressing's not necessary.

it really is painless as long as you do it like they ask.

just don't look out the window. i saw a very anti-gun baggage handler THROW my rifle multiple times. i had no recourse despite several attempts.

the good news is the gun kept its zero.

its princibalities though man!!!
 
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Thanks for the info. Would the case that came with my Steyr be acceptable with locks on it? I assume it would be. Then I just need to pick up a locking hard case for two long guns. Won't be transporting any ammo just the guns and magazines.
 

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I fly Southwest and it has information about traveling with a gun on their website, if you know what airline you will be flying on you could check their website or give them a call.
 

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The hard cases that most new guns come with are perfect for use.
Steyr's newest offering comes with 2 keyed alike padlocks for the case, I think it was purpose designed just for airline use. It actually is a very nice case.
 
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I'd be more worried about what would happen to them when you get there than the flying.
Send all your mags over ten rounds to me, as well as any guns you own not on the gestapo's "approved" list.

I'll keep them Safe and Snug for you :wink:
 
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Chef, You are so kind. :lol: The only gun I am taking is the Steyr M40 and seven 10 round mags.
 

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Where in Kali are you going? I think there are a few on this list here, and we would be glad to help familiarize you with some local info...

Ventura county here!
 

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Me thinks you are going to have a problem.

From what I know, you can't own a Steyr pistol in California.

At the very least, they cannot be SOLD there. But I'm thinking that means you can't BRING one there either.

Better check the firearms laws where you're going. The airl;ine travel isn't the problem - the living in California might be.
 

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This was taken from the CA DOJ website in the FAQ's area.

Q: I am moving into California and I own several handguns. What are the new-resident registration requirements?

A: You are considered to be a personal handgun importer as defined by California law. You may bring all of your otherwise California-legal firearms with you, but you must report all of your handguns to the DOJ within 60 days as required utilizing the New Resident Handgun Ownership Report. You are not required to report rifles or shotguns. You may not bring ammunition feeding devices with a capacity greater than ten rounds, machineguns, or assault weapons into California.
(PC sections 12001(n), 12072(f)(2))

Also of note the M series is not certified for sale in CA., but the M-A1 is.
 
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Well thats just great. Who should I check with on this? Aren't there guys here that have Steyrs and live in California?
 

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Yes, you can own a Steyr here. You just can't BUY (through a dealer anyway) an older M40 or M9 because it doesn't pass this stupid state's "drop test". But you CAN buy the newer -A1 series because it DOES pass the test.

I don't know about private sale though...

Don't worry, they're not going to pound down your door and take your Steyr away!!
 
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