Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Can I travel on commercial airlines with firearms?
A: Yes. You can travel with your firearms provided they are unloaded, placed inside a locked case that goes inside your checked luggage. You have to go to the ticket agent, open your luggage and state that you have a firearm to declare. YOU CANNOT TRAVEL WITH FIREARMS IN CARRY-ON LUGGAGE. For more info, go to: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/transporting-firearms-and-ammunition
- Q: What paperwork do I need in order to travel on the airlines?
A: There is no specific paperwork to be filled out for domestic travel. Once you declare you have an unloaded firearm, the ticket agent will have you sign a tag with FIREARM(S) UNLOADED printed on it. This tag will be placed on top of your locked case inside your checked luggage. For international travel, check with the airlines you are using for specific rules and regulations.
- Q: How do I pack my firearms for airline travel?
A: Place your unloaded firearms inside a sturdy, hard shell case that can be locked. Make sure the case cannot be pried apart, even the slightest separation between the top and bottom will be rejected. If you are traveling with long guns, they can be placed inside a hard shell, locked case and checked on as a separate piece of luggage. Handguns can be placed inside the case with the long guns. Of course, all unloaded!
- Q: How do I check in with my bag when traveling with a firearm?
A: Go to the ticket agent, place your luggage on the scale and tell the agent you have a firearm to declare. Open your luggage, some agents may ask you to open your case while others don’t. You will then sign the tag, place it on your locked case and close your luggage. Some agents will ask you to stay close by for a few minutes while your luggage goes through the x-ray machine. If there is a problem, TSA will call you and ask to unlock your case so they can inspect.
- Q: Can I travel with ammunition?
A: Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
• Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm. Read the requirements governing the transport of ammunition in checked baggage as defined by 49 CFR 175.10 (a)(8).
• Small arms ammunition (up to .75 caliber and shotgun shells of any gauge) must be packaged in a fiber (such as cardboard), wood, plastic, or metal box specifically designed to carry ammunition and declared to your airline.
• Ammunition may be transported in the same hard-sided, locked case as a firearm if it has been packed as described above. You cannot use firearm magazines or clips for packing ammunition unless they completely enclose the ammunition. Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be boxed or included within a hard-sided, locked case.
• Please check with your airline for quantity limits for ammunition.
Note: Please be aware that some TSA agents may not agree with placing ammunition inside the locked case with the firearm. This is why I recommend that ammunition (especially loaded mags) be placed inside a separate case and locked. I try to eliminate any confusion or ambiguities.
- Q: Can I travel with self-defense spray?
A: Yes. The following is copied from the TSA website: “One self-defense spray, not exceeding 118 mL (4 fluid ounces) by volume, that incorporates a positive means to prevent accidental discharge may be carried in checked baggage only.”
- Q: Can I use regular locks for my cases or do I have to use TSA locks?
A: You may use any type of lock you want provided it will stay securely locked. The following is copied from the TSA website:
“Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock unless TSA personnel request the key to open the firearm container to ensure compliance with TSA regulations. You may use any brand or type of lock to secure your firearm case, including TSA-recognized locks.”
- Q: Which states can I travel with a firearm?
A: Click on the links below for a reciprocity map and information on gun laws in all 50 states.
- Q: Are the cases waterproof?
A: The cases are water resistant. They will keep contents dry under normal wet or rainy conditions. If cases are submerged for any length of time, water will seep into case.
- Q: Does the vinyl coating on the cable locks wear off?
A: With regular use, the vinyl coating on the cable locks will wear off in places. This will not affect the functionality of the lock or harm the case. If this bothers you, the cable can be recoated with vinyl spray or a liquid vinyl dip.
- Q: Why should I use TravelArmorCase®?
A: Our goal is to make travel with a firearm and other valuables as stress free and hassle free as possible. We’ve designed these to be the smallest, strongest, lightweight, forms to anything you put in them cases on the market. No more guessing about how to travel with ammunition, knives, OC spray, etc., just put it in the Mag/Accessory Case and lock it. If you have more items, just use a larger case.