The Home Defense Life and Traveling

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There are some things you have to keep in mind if you have weapons for home defense.  One of the areas is traveling and making sure you are clear of any firearms, ammunition or residue if you are going through security checkpoints.

Now this may seem like common sense. Massad Ayoob over on Backwoods Home Magazine talks about an incident where someone accidently had a round in their jacket when going through an international checkpoint.

On the way back, Dad got pulled aside after the screening. To make a long story short, the coat he had was one we used to go shooting in Oct of 2013. It had a hole in the pocket where one live round (.38) fell into the liner of his coat. The Caymans have a zero tolerance policy for firearms related offenses. He was immediately arrested from the airport, taken to jail, and booked. We had to get the US Consulate involved in this process from the Embassy and he had significant legal fees etc… A mess. They consider a bullet the same as a gun generally.

Now this isn’t as unusual as you might think. In the military we had a lot of guys accidentally have rounds or brass in their bags because they used the same carry on bags for range training.

I have even seen people having to go through detailed security searches because their carry on bags had gunpowder residue on it from the range.

The best thing you can do is keep your range equipment and traveling equipment separate. Pick yourself up a nice range bag on Amazon or somewhere and don’t carry it through security checkpoints.

If you have any experiences on this, let us know in the comments.


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