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TSA demonstrates the right way to travel with firearms

Passengers are packing a record number of firearms with them when they go to the airport, according to TSA officials. TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell said agents found 7% more firearms on passengers last year than in 2017.Howell said agents found 15 guns last year at GSP International Airport. So far in 2019, agents have found 10 guns. Howell advised passengers to pack weapons in a heavy-sided case with padding. One can travel with more than one gun. Ammunition can also travel, though it cannot be in the firearm and must be secured. “We don’t want to infringe on anyone’s right to take a firearm with them when they travel, as long as it’s done the right way, packed correctly and that it’s inaccessible during the flight,” Howell said. “We really want people to pay attention to what they have with them in their bag. Just do a quick sweep before you come to the airport to make sure you don’t have those guns in there. It’s going to keep you out of potential legal trouble, you’re going to keep your firearm, and you’re not going to have to pay that big civil penalty from TSA.”Every opening of the firearm case has to be locked. At GSP, improperly carrying a weapon can result in criminal charges, the loss of the firearm and a hefty fine.“Bringing it to the security checkpoint is the absolute wrong way to travel with a firearm,” Howell said. “If you bring it to the checkpoint, you’ll be subject to arrest or citation from local law enforcement, also a civil penalty from TSA that can go to a maximum of $13,333.”Passengers need to declare the firearm with the specific airline they are flying. The declaration card will also go inside the firearm case. Passengers should also carry all documentation and paperwork related to the firearm. Howell advised it would be more convenient to put the firearm case inside a checked piece of luggage. He noted passengers should expect to wait an additional five to 10 minutes at the ticketing counter while agents screen the firearm case. Howell said passengers should do research before they travel, as different airlines, states and countries have specific rules and restrictions.


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Passengers are packing a record number of firearms with them when they go to the airport, according to TSA officials. TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell said agents found 7% more firearms on passengers last year than in 2017.

Howell said agents found 15 guns last year at GSP International Airport. So far in 2019, agents have found 10 guns. Howell advised passengers to pack weapons in a heavy-sided case with padding. One can travel with more than one gun. Ammunition can also travel, though it cannot be in the firearm and must be secured.

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“We don’t want to infringe on anyone’s right to take a firearm with them when they travel, as long as it’s done the right way, packed correctly and that it’s inaccessible during the flight,” Howell said. “We really want people to pay attention to what they have with them in their bag. Just do a quick sweep before you come to the airport to make sure you don’t have those guns in there. It’s going to keep you out of potential legal trouble, you’re going to keep your firearm, and you’re not going to have to pay that big civil penalty from TSA.”

Every opening of the firearm case has to be locked. At GSP, improperly carrying a weapon can result in criminal charges, the loss of the firearm and a hefty fine.

“Bringing it to the security checkpoint is the absolute wrong way to travel with a firearm,” Howell said. “If you bring it to the checkpoint, you’ll be subject to arrest or citation from local law enforcement, also a civil penalty from TSA that can go to a maximum of $13,333.”

Passengers need to declare the firearm with the specific airline they are flying. The declaration card will also go inside the firearm case. Passengers should also carry all documentation and paperwork related to the firearm. Howell advised it would be more convenient to put the firearm case inside a checked piece of luggage.

He noted passengers should expect to wait an additional five to 10 minutes at the ticketing counter while agents screen the firearm case.

Howell said passengers should do research before they travel, as different airlines, states and countries have specific rules and restrictions.