Originally Posted by Hdoc
Wonder what happens if you have an unscheduled stop; a later flight.. and refuse to take possession of the luggage containing the firearm. Insist that the airline keep it secure
until the next flight? That way you don't have a weapon on your person.
You do not have to wonder
A guy living in Utah bought a classic car from a guy in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area. He was going to pick it up and drive it back cross-country to Utah.
He bought an airline ticket from Utah, connecting to Allentown, through
Newark, NJ. He had (declared) guns in his luggage. He had CCWs that were valid in Utah and Pennsylvania, but not New Jersey.
If he had been able to make his connection as planned, he would have been in "continuous transit" and thereby protected by the 1986 "Firearms Owners Protection Act". As it was........
There were various delays. He could not
make his connection from Newark to Allentown. They delivered his luggage, he found a hotel room in the Newark area for the night. This was his big
mistake. He should
have rented a car and driven the rest of the way to Allentown.
By taking the hotel room, he was no longer in "continuous transit" and no longer protected by FOPA 1986.
In the morning, he went back to Newark. Tried to re-check his (gun containing) luggage. Arrested.
I think the charges were eventually dropped. But not
before jail time, the indignities thereof, and boo-coo bucks in attorney's fees.
Stay away from NJ and NY airports.