If you plan to take it/them with you:
NOTE: check with airlines, some allow, some don't, some restrict quantity. ie: Delta allows up to 4, Spirit allows 1, USA 3000 no guns at all, etc.
1: luggage bag/with one or two hard to remove/break off/lose ID tags
2: lockable hard case for handgun(s) with some form of ID attached inside and outside of case
3: TSA approved lock(s) for your outer luggage bag (TSA will allow if they are approved locks)
Put unloaded weapon(s) in lockable case and lock, put the locked case into the luggage bag, secure with TSA approved lock.
Go to airport a few minutes earlier than you normally would and go to the ticket counter. Advise agent you have an unloaded weapon(s) to declare in your checked luggage. They will have you unlock the bag, then the case. You show them the gun is unloaded (without taking it out of the case), they give you a card to sign declaring the weapon(s) is/are unloaded, the card is placed in the case and you lock the case and put it back into the luggage bag.
Then the agent will take you, or a TSA agent will be called to take you to an area where TSA will possibly make you unlock the luggage and hard case again so they can check to make sure the gun(s) is/are unloaded. Once TSA is satisfied, you will make sure both the case and bag are locked and your luggage will then be sent on the conveyer through the x-ray/scanner. the next time you see your luggage will be at your arrival destination.
Hints: Try to arrange non-stop flights. This reduces the possibility of lost or delayed luggage.
Get to the baggage claim area asap after your flight arrives to reduce the chance of someone else grabbing your luggage.
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