Sunday, December 29, 2013

Using TSA recognized locks to secure firearms when flying

Comments were being made that the use of TSA recognized locks to secure a gun case when flying was being phased out or no longer allowed.

It was said they were not to be used, as no longer mentioned on one page of there website (we're suppose to read between the lines) and also that TSA was not allowing gun cases to be processed if they were using such locks at a certain airport.

I had contacted TSA in 2009 and they said they were legal, but maybe a change in policy, so after a bit of back and forth I contacted the TSA.

TSA Response:

December 29, 2013

Thank you for your e-mail regarding travel with firearms using Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - recognized locks.

On flights that originate in the United States, passengers may transport a firearm in accordance with 49 CFR §1540.111 under the following conditions:

• the firearm must be unloaded;
• it must be in checked, not carry-on, baggage;
• it must be in a locked, hard-sided container; and
• it must be declared to the airline.

Travelers may use any kind or type of lock for securing firearm cases, including TSA - recognized locks.  However, TSA does not recommend or endorse any specific brand or type of lock to use on firearm containers.


TSA locks are legal, but you do have the option of using your own!  

Some have a strong opinion that you should use your own locks, but they shouldn't be telling you they are illegal if that is not the case, nor turning opinion into a fact.

* Make sure your insurance covers your firearm when traveling.  Your homeowners policy may be lacking in regard to firearm coverage.


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