So, in two days I'll be getting on a plane headed for Colorado. Ordinarily this would be a pretty big deal in and of itself - I'm not a big fan of flying - but this year has been crazy. I'd flown exactly once between 2000 and the end of 2011 - to Disney with the family - and this trip on Thursday will be the fourth time I've gotten on a plane this year. I'm still not entirely comfortable with flying, but that's not the issue this time.
No, this time I'll be flying with firearms.
I'm bringing a rifle and three handguns; all are in one hard-sided case that has two Master locks (one on either end) and two locking clasps; the three pistols are in separate pistol rugs (to prevent scratching) and there's one unopened box of factory 45 ammo for the M&P once I get there. I've got copies of the TSA rules and Southwest's rules; I've got a copy from the CO State Patrol stating that it is legal to possess firearms in CO; I've got pictures of all four guns and serial numbers on my phone along with the CHSB forms (MA agency) stating that they are registered to me. I think I'm covered.
And yes, as has been pointed out to me, when they say I need to declare my firearms it does NOT mean running up to the counter yelling "I HAVE A GUN"...
So, what else could I do to make this smoother? I've erred on the side of caution whenever possible - like buying a new box of carry ammo so that it was in the factory container as well as putting all of my unloaded magazines inside the hard case rather than in my checked luggage. My hard-sided case has two Master locks - one on each end, and keyed alike - and two out of the four clasps lock with a key. I know that I need to retain possession of the keys at all times. All four guns are unloaded; three of the four are semi-automatics and do not have magazines inserted.
Anything else I can do, or does this look like everything is covered?
That is all.