TSA guidelines for firearms and ammunition

Dallas airport travelers rank second in Firearms Arrests

According to data released by the Transportation Security Administration, this year has already eclipsed the high water mark for most firearms detected at airport checkpoints in the 20-year history of the agency. Unsurprisingly, DFW area travelers rank second for the most amount of firearms seized at TSA checkpoints. The increase in seizures follows the historical trend, but can also be partially explained by large number of people flying for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Travelers who are caught attempting to bring firearms through TSA checkpoints are subject to fines and prosecution by local law enforcement which could result in criminal conviction and loss of firearms rights. Avoid costly fines and criminal charges by following these easy steps:

  • Check travel bags to ensure all pockets are empty and free of firearms and ammunition prior to packing.

  • Transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. Declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter.

  • Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage in a secure locked case.

You can read the rest of the TSA guidance on transporting firearms and ammunition here.

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