Friday, July 12, 2013

Michigan CPL Class FAQ: How Much Of A Hassle Is It To Fly To Las Vegas With Your Handgun?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: I have plans to fly to vegas this month, first time flying with a firearm (or even thinking of the sort). What should I expect? My lady is a drama-queen. Is it even worth it? Went in 2010, but this time I would like to visit Old Vegas also.

A: Flying with your firearm is not that big of a deal. Check with the TSA's web site for packaging and declaration requirements and the web site of your airline for their specific firearm travel requirements.

In short, you will need to make sure your firearm is unloaded, has a lock, and is secured in a case. Your magazines should be empty and your ammo should be in its own secured box. You should also have a lock, preferably a TSA compliant one, on your luggage containing the firearm and the ammo. You can NOT carry on the luggage containing the firearm and the ammo. You will need to both check it and declare it to the airline.

As for whether it is worth it or not, you should plan out where you will be going and checking it against the local pistol-free zones. If you find that everywhere you will be going is a place where you can't take your firearm, you might consider leaving it with a trusted friend or family member.

In addition, you will need to get updated on the local gun laws. Do not make the assumption that they are identical to Michigan's. If you do take your firearm with you, you will need to secure it when you go to PFZs. That might mean the safe in your room or in a secured gun safe in your rental car. Do your homework, make the best decision for your situation, and most importantly, have a great time.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about free shooting lessons for women and Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit
Phone: 313.733.74

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