I plan to fly Ohare to Denver Colorado (and back) with American Airlines. I checked their site and it just says to place the firearm, unloaded, into a locked container. Ammo needs to be in original packaging or container suitable for ammo. Not much other information. I have not flown in probably 10 years and haven't flown with a firearm. Can anyone help me out with a few questions.
- Does the Ammo go into the locked container with the firearm?
- Does the locked container holding the firearm go into the suitcase you are checking? ie: thrown in with your clothes.
- Do I just go to standard luggage check and declare that I have a firearm?
I see IL CCL doesn't work in CO, but my FL license does. I will read up on local CO laws, but anything funny I should know about beforehand?
Yes lock the ammo up in factory containers or cases meant for ammo storage.
Yes the firearms go into a locked container and you have to declare them at the counter. The plastic container goes into a checked bag. The checked bag does not have to be locked. They will fill out a form that goes into the baggage. Make sure the firearms are unloaded and use a hard plastic lockable case. Once they give you the form to put in the bag they walk you over to TSA or direct you there and they may inspect the firearm but in general will just x-ray it and you are done.
Go to the ticket counter to declare it that is where they have the forms.
There is a CCW carry app called "CCW" that lists all the local laws and carry restrictions by state and lists where you are permitted to carry by the permits you have. You can load this on a smart phone and it can actually pull up the local laws in detail as well as a summery of what you can and cant do.
It is no big deal at Ohare to get a firearm checked in at all just give yourself a little extra time in case there is a line at the counter. Ohare checked bag time limit is 45 minutes before the gate call. Give at least 1hr and 5 minutes before your gate time and you should be good. They have never asked for FOID or CCW but make sure you have them.
Picking up the gun depends on who you fly American used to put a stupid there is a gun in this suitcase sticker and would make you pick it up at the baggage office. United has never done that to me and I have no idea how the others do it.
Each airline has restrictions on how much ammo you can bring check it before you take to much with you. It works out on untied to be around 400 rounds or so.