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Travel Update on Ammunition over .50 Caliber

Thursday, January 8, 2009

U.S. DOT Clarifies Big-Bore Ammo Rules

Over the past few years, big game hunters and shooters who use large caliber firearms have had problems traveling by air, due to an incorrect interpretation of the laws governing ammo that is permissible to include in checked baggage. (See ILA Report, Sept. 2008.)

A U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) website stated that only ammo .50 caliber or smaller could be transported. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners sometimes cited that information to confiscate ammunition for some big game rifles. In addition, the web page stated that "home made" ammunition was also prohibited, an interpretation that could have prohibited hand loaded ammunition as well.

A careful reading of the laws and regulations revealed that in fact, ammunition up to 19 mm, or .75 caliber, may be transported in checked baggage. NRA-ILA worked with the Bush Administration to correct DOT's error. The DOT website ( ) now correctly states that small arms ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber may be transported by air. Additionally, the prohibition on "hand made" ammo has been replaced with specific prohibitions on certain ammunition components such as powder, primers, or percussion caps.

To avoid any confusion at the airport, hunters or shooters traveling with large caliber firearms should print the SafeTravel web page and bring it along for the trip.

.50 Caliber Rifles


Friday, November 20, 2015

Anti-gun Politicians, Media Exploit Paris Attacks in “Terrorist Gap” Rehash

The Paris terrorist attacks were not easily pinned on America’s supposedly lax gun laws or the NRA, but ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

Brussels Pushes Gun Control in Wake of Paris Attacks

On November 18, the European Commission expedited a plan to overhaul the European Union’s already restrictive gun control laws. The ...


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Appropriations Act Signed Into Law With Important Pro-Second Amendment Provisions

On Wednesday, November 25, the President signed S. 1356, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 into law. Included in the bill were some very important pro-gun provisions that represent the culmination of long-term efforts by ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

“F” Stands for Fail: Gun Turn-in Event Nets a Stack of Paper Pledges and Some Surplus Sporting Goods

Recently, we reported on Hillary Clinton’s praise for local firearm “buyback” events and her view that forcing Americans to participate ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

Overwhelming 81 Percent of Current and Former Military have Unfavorable View of Clinton

More bad news for Hillary Clinton. Coming off the heels of survey results that found the former Secretary ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

Bloomberg’s Lackeys Tweet Solace to Unarmed Victims of Paris Attacks … Some of Them, Anyway

On Friday, Nov. 13, Islamic terrorists carried out a series of coordinated attacks in Paris, France, that left ...

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered ...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Michigan: Governor Snyder Signs Firearm Inheritance Protection Act

Today, November 24, Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed Senate Bills 225 and 226.


Friday, June 5, 2015

Stop Obama's Planned Gag Order on Firearm-Related Speech

It's happening again— President Obama is using his imperial pen and telephone to curb your rights and bypass Congress ...


Friday, November 20, 2015

NRA Statement on Terror Watch List Distortions

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action issued the following statement on the terror watch list distortions:


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.