Location: New York, New York

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Hey Everyone;

I am not sure how correct the below message is.

But I have attached the TSA website so you can check it out for yourself.


From the TSA website: The container must be locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from access by anyone other than you. Fortunately they had non-TSA locks available for purchase at the counter
Here's the link. It's the fourth bullet down:

AFSA-IRS Members:

I am forwarding the information below from the SAIC of the Federal Air
Marshal Service Liaison Division for your information.

Greg Szczeszek
Executive Director

I am a AFAUSSS member and the SAIC of the Federal Air Marshal Service
Liaison Division.

This message is being distributed to avoid confusion regarding the Law
Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) of 2004 (also known as H.R.
218 and Public Law No. 108-277) and the authority to possess a weapon
aboard commercial aircraft.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reported recent
occurrences of retired Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) attempting to
transit airport security checkpoints while in possession of a firearm.
Based on conversations with these retired LEOs, the majority of these
instances were caused by their belief that LEOSA entitled retired law
enforcement officers to carry a firearm while traveling by commercial

The federal regulation which governs carriage of accessible weapons is
C.F.R. §1544.219, (Carriage of accessible weapons) and includes no
provision for retired law enforcement personnel. LEOSA amends the
Gun Control Act to exempt qualified active and retired law enforcement
officers from State and local laws prohibiting the carriage of
concealed firearms. While 18 USC§ 44.926(b) gives qualified
individual’s greater latitude when carrying a concealed firearm, it
does not permit those otherwise eligible to carry a firearm in the
passenger cabin of a commercial aircraft.

If you think it is helpful, please disseminate this information to our
colleagues to assist them in avoiding incidents at TSA airport
security check points that may result in unnecessary delays or
possible criminal/civil action.

If you have any questions, please call me at 703-487-3331.

Jim Gallagher