Flying to Vegas. Some flying questions.


April 12, 2008, 10:25 PM
Hi all,
I am flying to Vegas and then driving back to Arkansas next month, and have a couple of questions regarding carrying a weapon.

I understand in order to fly with a pistol you must have a locking box to store the pistol, and the ammo must be in its own container (no loaded mags). Declare it at the ticket counter and hop on the plane. Is this correct?

Also, it looks as though every state I am driving through honors my carry permit, except New Mexico. What are the laws concerning weapons in a vehicle in NM? Though I rarely am pulled over, I have no intention of illegaly carrying/concealing any weapon in any state.

That's it for now, though I am sure I will come up with more questions before I take off. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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Nate C.
April 12, 2008, 11:14 PM
Sounds accurate on the airline travel.

I'd recommend you call the state of NM for details on their laws.

April 12, 2008, 11:16 PM
Lock it in the trunk.

Winchester 73
April 13, 2008, 12:28 AM
New Mexico:Loaded, concealed firearms may be carried anywhere in a private vehicle for self
protection.No NM permit needed.

Lock it in the trunk.
Not necessary.

April 13, 2008, 05:17 AM
To clarify the NM question: Motor vehicles are considered real property in NM. Therefore, you may behave as though you are in your house. You may also demand a search warrant.

You may keep your loaded firearm anywhere in the vehicle. I would advise against keeping it on your belt. As soon as you step out of the vehicle, without a valid NM concealed carry permit, you become illegal. In the event you are ordered out of the vehicle it would probably not be a good time to tell an officer you are carrying and would like to handle your firearm.

I was in the first class ever of CCW instructors in NM when the law came into effect.

Also, NM cops are really much more laid back than most of the country. As long as you are trying to do right most of them will cut you a lot of slack. Only place I'd be worried about the way the police will react is Albuquerque. Some of the officers there have seen one-too-many movies.

Winchester 73
April 13, 2008, 12:45 PM
loop,just want to be sure about another thing.
Open carry in NM without a concealed carry permit is OK,is that correct?

April 13, 2008, 02:40 PM
New Mexico allows open carry. When you get to the last exit in New Mexico just transition to concealed carry, I doubt any cop would give you crap for the last mile or two in New Mexico.

April 14, 2008, 11:21 AM
As far as going to Las Vegas, consult your airline regulations for transporting a firearm in checked luggage (the requirements are pretty standard among the majority of airlines), reference the McCarran web site ( for a link to your airline of choice. One of the clamshell cases in your luggage should be satisfactory, and lock it with one of the TSA-approved locks (ditto your luggage). Magazines can travel unloaded in another pocket (inside the luggage). I like to slip my mags into a ballistic nylon belt carrier, carries 3 mags each, found them at a local gun show.

Once you are in Las Vegas, you might check out a couple of the local indoor ranges. I personally prefer American Shooter Supply( on Arville, just north of Spring Valley Road. A second range is Discount Firearms on Highland ( The Gun Store has a small range, and is on East Tropicana ( Another range is the Las Vegas Gun Range on Blue Diamond road just past the Silverton Casino/resort (, small range but well laid out, frangible ammunition only (which they charge a premium for).

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