This is the same for me, every time. I always say something like, "I need to declare a firearm" and they take it from there. It is always very routine, sometimes TSA takes the bag away, but mostly they just run it through the regular baggage check station.
Originally Posted by Firefighterchen
On the first time I ever declared, the agent said Okay, then looked at me kind of funny and said (in an almost knowing voice) "Oh!" I pointed to my checked bag and she acted normal from there on. I had the feeling at first that she thought I was an Air Marshal and was carrying the firearm on my person, but she seemed ready to just go through whatever procedure they might have for that. I found it interesting, but may have misread it completely.
I have a question for anyone who might have experience with a firearm going through Reagan International (DCA) in DC. I am going to Virginia where I can carry, but will fly into DCA. I've heard horror stories about TSA calling the police when people declare in New York and then they get arrested for an illegal gun. They get cleared in a day or two, but they go through the hassle of a day or so in jail and when they try to recover their firearm the police say no and just keep it. You could fight it but it would cost more than the price of the firearm.
Has anyone heard if DCA ever does anything like that?
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