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Statement by Chris Cox Regarding American Airlines' Decision to Ban Firearms on Flights to Europe and Asia

Thursday, September 27, 2007

"The National Rifle Association has been working with American Airlines to change a recently implemented airline policy that would no longer allow the transportation of civilian firearms in checked luggage to Europe and Asia on all American Airlines flights. This policy was effective for tickets purchased on or after Sept. 24, 2007.

"After a series of meetings, involving NRA and Safari Club International (SCI), we are pleased to report that there has been some progress. American Airlines has decided that it would amend its policy to allow legally declared firearms to be transported on nonstop flights to other destinations in Europe outside of the UK, and to Asian destinations. We have been informed that due to continuing onerous policies by the government of the United Kingdom, American Airlines is still not allowing civilian transport of firearms into the UK at present.

"NRA will continue to work with American Airlines and other authorities to in an attempt resolve this matter as soon as possible. We thank American Airlines for meeting with us and reconsidering their policy."

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