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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Southern New Hampshire

    Flying Out To FL.

    I've never looked into this before because I have never flew anywhere with a firearm. I will be going to FL. maybe end of Feb. with Family (school vacation) and We will be flying down. I plan on taking a weapon with me. I'm from NH and will be flying out of MA., which I will check on the proper paperwork etc. for that part. My question, FL. map on this forum says for NH......FL res. permit only. What does this mean? I'm a res in NH but I need a res address in FL.?? I do not understand this. I need a permit in FL. which in this case I will not have in time so I might as well forget it?
    I live in NH, and have a CCW permit and also one for MA.
    thnx for the help.
    (All the above are MY opinions/suggestions ONLY....AND, I like to bust ball's, it's called having a sense of humor. In other words, no intent to offend anyone, so get over it)

  3. #2
    gpbarth Guest
    I believe that if you have a resident permit in NH, you can carry in FL. If you have a NON-resident permit from NH, you cannot carry in FL. YOu have to be licensed in the state you live (reside) in (NH).

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Southern New Hampshire
    Ok. I am a resident (20yrs) in NH. So, I can carry CCW in FL. I just didn't quite understand how it was worded when looking at the map.
    Now I have to take care of proper paperwork on my end to fly it. I'll read somemore on it (Laws etc.) and if there is anything else I'm lost on I'll be sure to come back here!
    (All the above are MY opinions/suggestions ONLY....AND, I like to bust ball's, it's called having a sense of humor. In other words, no intent to offend anyone, so get over it)

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Tampa Bay Area
    Yep gpbarth is correct. If you have your resident NH permit you CAN carry CCW here in Florida. Next time you go to the map click on your home state instead of the state you are going to. If you click on NH Florida turns yellow and says NH resident permit only.

    Also I've flown a few times now with my gun and have not been hassled yet. Just make sure you have it in a nice hard shell lockable case. One that the corners can not be pried open even when the lock is on it. I unload and place a barrel lock on the gun, unload the mags, and put the ammo back into there original packaging. Lock everything up and place in my suitcase. When getting to the airport and checking in I tell them I'll be checking in a firearm and they'll want to see it. Unzip and unlock everything and show them that its unloaded. They will then stick a little piece of paper in say it is unloaded, have you lock everything up, and walk you over to the xray machines. Thats about it.
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  6. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Southern New Hampshire
    Thnx for the information. We are going by JetBlue and I checked their site and found info on firearms and it pretty much had the exact write up that I found when I looked up Massport (Logan Airport) Boston, MA. for information. Someone on here mentioned to me to go in and click on the airline I am taking and look up their regulations on firearms which I did but it did not have JetBlue, so it looks like the write up MAY be for a good percentage of airlines?
    The Only case I have is a Flight Anvil someone in a band would use for equipment, etc. (ahhh, the good ol days) which has a "key lock" on ONE latch. It is about the size of a standard brief case. I May just invest in something a little more smaller (the less; smaller; lighter things to carry the better for me) that has a place too lock on BOTH latches. Mine is strong enough but I think two locks are better than one. And I do not want to get stuck at the last minute for something like that!
    1. Also, how many firearms (handguns) are you allowed to bring in said case. This I did not see anywhere. I would like to bring two...Taurus PT25 and HiPoint C9.
    2. You mentioned that the counter person will walk you over to xray after you lock your case. Am I correct in saying that the case is not a carry-on? Don't they take the case after it is locked and put it on the coveyer with the rest of your luggage?
    3. What happens when I arrive at the terminal to pickup (besides waiting till I get off airport property)? Will it be on the conveyer with everyones luggage for pick up or do I have to go to a special place to retrieve it and so on??
    Sorry for all the questions, but I have never flown with a weapon before and since I got about a month before the trip I want to make sure I got everything correct and ready for.
    Thank you....
    (All the above are MY opinions/suggestions ONLY....AND, I like to bust ball's, it's called having a sense of humor. In other words, no intent to offend anyone, so get over it)

  7. #6

    I Do The Following..........

    I have a small peliquin case (Hard Sided case) that has 2 lock holes in it. I place the unloaded weapon into the case. I also have a box of 20 rounds that are enclosed with it.Rounds are in orginal MFG box as required. The box is secured by 2 TSA approved locks bought from Wal Mart. This box is small enough to be included in my checked in bag so.....approach the check in and let the check in person that you have a firearm to declair. They will ask you to open your bag and show them that its unloaded.Some will ask and others will just ask you to fill out the red card.Some will want the card placed inside the box,some will not!! Just do as they ask and you will not have any problems. Ive seen a couple of different things that they do in different airports but it normally painless. Have a nice flight!
    Last edited by JT; 01-13-2009 at 09:44 PM.
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  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Green Valley (Henderson) NV
    If you have a NH resident you're good to CCW in FL. FL is one of those States that only extends reciprocity or recognition to residents of the issuing jurisdiction. If you do not possess a resident CCW in the State you reside in then you other option is getting a FL CWFL.

    I cannot comment on JetBlue. I fly Southwest whenever possible with US Scareways being a distant second for my choice in an air travel carrier. Southwest lets you fill the case. I posted an article on flying with firearms. Your better airlines defer the carriage of unloaded firearms in checked baggage to TSA regulations which Southwest does. Also keep in mind that some airlines specifically exclude firearms in the checked baggage insurance so if they get lost of stolen you're out of luck or have to look for external coverage such as through your homeowners, renters or an NRA policy to get them replaced.

    Every airport is different. Some airports the firearms are screened right there by TSA or a TSA subcontractor before . Some they just put them on the conveyor and you stand by for 10 to 15, if you hear nothing then you're good to go to the gate. Some they manually check the case. Some they x-ray your bag while you watch which is the case for DAL (Love Field in Dallas TX), MCO (Orlando Int'l) or STL.

    Unless you are a TSA approved pilot to carry in the cockpit or a qualified LEO on official business you cannot carry firearms as a carry-on or otherwise on board a commercial aircraft. It must be in your checked baggage, unloaded and previously declared to the air carrier at the time you check your baggage. They will give you an unloaded firearm(s) declaration tag to fill out and put in the firearm hard case. You must not use TSA approved locks on your firearm hard case. It must be a lock that you and only you have the combination or key to.

    Your checked luggage should pop out in baggage claim with everyone else's luggage. You should pack your firearms in your checked baggage with other items such as clothing so no one can tell other than the TSA screeners and the ticketing agent whom you declared the firearm(s) that there are firearm(s) in your checked baggage.

    I'm presently in Fort Wayne IN. I had no issues flying Southwest from LAS to IND. I'll post my report on checking my firearms at IND on my return flight to LAS after I return tomorrow evening providing I don't get stuck in a possible blizzard here tomorrow evening.
    Last edited by LVLouisCyphre; 01-13-2009 at 08:26 PM.
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  9. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Quote Originally Posted by netentity View Post
    You must not use TSA approved locks on your firearm hard case.
    That's a typo, right? Just making sure...the government does have some fairly odd rules occasionally.
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  10. #9

    Flying With Your Pal

    Having traveled a number of times, here's how I go at it:

    1.Put the unloaded weapon(s) in a lockable hard-sided case with locks only you have the keys to open. TSA locks are not allowed.
    2.Check the airline(s) you are flying on:
    o Determine if the ammo MUST be in boxes OR can fly in loaded magazines.
    o If loaded magazines are permitted, make sure the pouches fully cover the magazines.
    o The round from the pipe(s) must be in a box, not loose.
    3.Secure and protect magazines and ammunition boxes from possible damage. 4.Put the lockable hard-sided case with the weapon and the ammo/magazines into a cheap, non-descript bag - with clear labeling outside and inside - for checking in. The labeling should be limited to:
    o Your Name
    o Your Cell Phone - if you have one, or your home phone if you do not
    o Your personal email address - if you have one
    5. Other stuff - like shampoo, mouthwash, toothpaste, etc, could be in this checked bag also.
    6. Have the rules for the airline in hand when you check this non-descript bag at the airport.
    7. Make sure you have the keys to the lockable hard-sided case with you and you alone (Per Federal Regulations 49CFR 1540.111 Carriage of weapons, explosives, and incendiaries by individuals - n=div8&view=text&node=49: at all times. You will have to open the lockable hard-side case
    = to demonstrate to the airline that the weapon(s) are not loaded at check in
    = if the TSA wants to see.
    8. Have the serial number(s) and descriptions of your weapons on you, so if they "disappear" you can report the loss/theft immediately to the:
    = airline
    = FAA Regional Office
    = ATF Regional Office

    Other things to consider:

    1. Check and/or to determine:
    o If you can possess the weapon at all your stops.oWhere and how you can carry at all your stops.
    o What are the deadly force rules in each state you are visiting.
    2. Have a copy of the Don Young Transportation Letter on hand - This covers changing modes of travel - car to plane to car - in a single journey.
    Orlando, FL

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Southern New Hampshire
    Ok, after reading more and more on the JetBlue and Logan Airport website I think I know what I can bring for a pistol case and I do not even have to buy one. (I'm in the middle of reading about Orlando which I beleive are the same regulations)
    Attachment 295
    This is what I already use in my car (key). One in my Wifes also. Small enough that I can put them both in with my luggage. Ammo can be no more than 10lbs. which I will put in the proper container/box in with the other luggage. I phoned my insurance Co. today and the girl was in a way surprised because She told me she never had the question asked before about guns. I pretty much asked Her how are my weapons covered incase they are Stolen OR home locked in a Safe; at an airport locked in a Gun Safe inside a suitcase/luggage; Locked in a Gun Safe Locked in a car (like a Rental). She said, I'll get back to you with all that information. She did tell me though that there is no additional cost to add weapons but it must be no more than $5k. I'm kind of in the $2500-3k range of firearms/equipment, not like some of you!!!
    Oh ya, and You do not need TSA locks. But You must provide the key/combo to them to open the case/s.
    (All the above are MY opinions/suggestions ONLY....AND, I like to bust ball's, it's called having a sense of humor. In other words, no intent to offend anyone, so get over it)

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