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Suppressor in carryon bag?

Discussion in 'GATE NFA/Class III' started by jpa, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. jpa

    jpa CLM

    May 28, 2001
    Las Vegas NV
    I'm going to be flying to GA in a few months to visit a friend and we were talking about going shooting. I'm going to bring a couple guns properly checked, but I was thinking of carrying my suppressor as well. I don't want the baggage monkeys stealing my suppressor, so can I put it in my carryon? I checked TSA's web site and all they say is no firearms or ammunition (this is neither). Essentially it's just a metal tube.

    So am I good to go or what?
  2. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith 3Gunner Millennium Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Fort Collins, CO, USA
    Silencers aren't listed explicitly anywhere in the TSA list of stuff that is prohibited, but I believe that is solely because they are too obscure. Two notes, though:

    1. they prohibit gun parts. A silencer is arguably a gun part

    2. silencers are technically guns under the law, IE, they require a 4473, etc.

    In any case, it would be a really bad idea to try it in a carry on and then try to argue that "But it's not listed!"

  3. jpa

    jpa CLM

    May 28, 2001
    Las Vegas NV
    I've thought of doing just that, but allowing a whole lot of extra travel time before my flight to argue the point. I wonder if the TSA will issue legal opinions like the ATF does in letter form.