Problems Transiting New York With Firearms


Published: November - 2005

You have probably heard about the problems some sportsmen have encountered when transiting New York with hunting firearms on their way to another state or country for a hunting trip. On various occasions, New York police have threatened to arrest hunters at both JFK and Albany International airports for illegal firearms possession based on New York state laws, and in at least one case a hunter's firearms were confiscated. The issue came to the attention of Congressman Don Young, a long-time champion of sportsman, who got the US Department of Justice involved in putting an end to the harassment of traveling hunters in New York airports.

In a letter we recently learned was sent to the Congressman early this year, Assistant Attorney General William E. Moschella confirms that provisions of the Gun Control Act enable travelers to possess firearms legally in New York airports under the following conditions: 1) the person is traveling from somewhere he lawfully may possess and carry a firearm; 2) en route to the airport the firearm is unloaded and not accessible from the passenger compartment of his car; 3) the person transports the firearm directly from his vehicle to the airline check-in desk without any interruption in transportation; and 4) while carrying the firearm to the check-in desk it is unloaded and in a locked container.

"This interpretation reflects the apparent congressional intent in enacting this provision...," the letter reads. The assistant attorney general goes on to say that his office would inform New York law enforcement authorities of the Justice Depart- ment's interpretation of the law.

We have uploaded a copy of this letter to our web site (www.hunting report.com), and we encourage hunters transiting New York to download and carry it with them. Simply scroll down the opening page of our homepage until you find "Important Forms" in the left-hand margin. Click on "Transiting New York - Asst. Attorney General Letter."

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