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Traveling Internationally with a firearm?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by SmA SiG, Mar 12, 2009.

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  1. SmA SiG

    SmA SiG Member

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    As a US citizen, and because Pistols where I'm from (and where I live) are hard to find and cost a fortune. Can I come to the US, buy a couple of guns and check them into my luggage?

    I have done so much research on international travel with a firearm, it seems that all one would have to do is declare the firearm at the check in counter.

    I have a list of several types of guns I would love to own and would love to pick up next time I'm in the US. Can somebody tell me exactly how can this work? (if it can work?) All guns taken will be kept by me.

    How many can I take? what are the restrictions?

    If it's possible for someone in my case, I'd like advice on doing this in a perfectly legal way :)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Flea

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    Domestic flights in the US are perfectly fine for placing a handgun in your checked bag, so long as it's declared and you can legally own one.

    International flights, however, are heavily restricted. TSA states that no passengers of flights into or out of the US are allowed to travel with a firearm.
     
  3. GonHuntin

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    You better inform all those who travel outside the country to hunt!

    Where did you get your info??


    SmA Sig

    http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/YE-...-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm

     
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  4. Prince Yamato

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    If it's legal here and it's legal there, I don't see what the problem is.
     
  5. sernv99

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    If it's possible for someone in my case, I'd like advice on doing this in a perfectly legal way

    considering you are traveling to Yemen, I would say diplomatic pouch would be the only viable way :rolleyes: Maybe check with Yemeni customs officials, but I bet they will be as much help as some American from humptydumptyville, USA on here telling you what you are allowed to bring into Yemen. Since you seem to have the ability to travel back and forth to the US from Yemen, you have some sway over the local officials back home, no?
     
  6. Jim K

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    There are essentially two sets of rules. One is for hunters and some other sportsmen (international trap and skeet competitors for one) travelling with long guns. The airlines will provide info on checking guns and a guide, professional hunter or a sports organizer will provide advice and assistance in dealing with firearms laws and regulations in the host country.

    Handguns are a different story. The law allows checking (not carrying) them on an airliner if they are legally owned in the state the traveller resides in and will be legal to own in the destination state. I don't know the rule for travel to a foreign country.

    But in this case, the traveller 1) has no U.S. state of residence, so he cannot buy a gun in the first place and 2) cannot take/send it to another country without the proper export papers.

    I may be wrong, but I know of no provision allowing a U.S. citizen without a U.S. state of residence to buy a handgun. And he must buy the gun in that state. If the OP has a U.S. address of record, he could, other laws permitting, buy a gun in that state.

    I don't know the Yemeni law, but in some countries, attempting to smuggle in a gun is a serious violation with severe penalties, even death, so I wouldn't even try it without making sure (and not from internet "experts") that it could be done legally.

    Jim
     
  7. Yellowfin

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    The only place I know of where you can legally bring a pistol to is Belize, where you can get a non resident carry license for $125 a year. The only stipulation I believe is that it has to be 9mm or smaller, last I heard.
     
  8. GonHuntin

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    Handgun hunting is legal in some African countries.......not a problem to take handguns to those countries......don't know if it's still legal, but it use to be legal to handgun hunt in Australia........so, yes, international travel with handguns is possible and legal in certain instances.......but exporting a handgun to Yemen isn't one of those instances!
     
  9. Top_Gunn

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    Traveling isn't your only problem. If you're not a US resident, you can't legally buy a handgun in the US. Being a US citizen isn't enough: you have to be a resident of the state in which you're buying the gun.
     
  10. SmA SiG

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    Thank you all so much for the input,

    I am considered a resident of the US. So I can own in the US

    I did check here though and it seems impossible on this end :(

    had a list of 3 or 4 guns I wanted and are impossible to find here :D guess I'll have to be happy with what I already have.
     
  11. wyk

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    Buying pistols in the USA and bringing them back to your country is counted as exporting. Which requires a you to go through a whole lot of bureaucratic red tape. Secondly, I think only legal residents and citizens of age are allowed to purchase arms in the USA. Not tourists or visitors.
     
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    I would suggest you check with the U.S. consular offices in Yemen and see how they interpret the laws on our side and check with your local customs officials for the regulations on your end.
     
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