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    When you travel it can be one of the most vulnerable times for you and your family. You will be in a strange place and probably will not know your surroundings well. These can lead to you ending up in "bad neighborhoods" where crime could be rampant, or your chances for victimization will greatly increase. I've recently had the pleasure of traveling with a firearm and so far every time the process has been pretty easy and straight forward. I've only traveled with Southwest Airlines but the process should be similar for other carriers.
    Knowing What Is Required To Fly With a Firearm
    To help streamline the process and limit the chances you get caught up in some lengthy squabble with the TSA or gate agents you need to know what is required to fly with a firearm. The biggest thing is to make sure you give yourself enough time at the ticketing counter and to go through security (AKA: Don't arrive 15 minutes before your flight).
    When you fly with a firearm it must go inside your checked baggage in a hard-sided locked container, and it must be unloaded. Ammo must be stored separately from the firearm, and in an approved container. 
    The Best Way To Fly With A Gun
    As we mentioned above a hard sided container that can lock is a requirement for flying with a firearm. Most of the time any quality gun purchase will include a hard-sided container that you can easily lock.
    But if you want to fly with a little extra protection and security Pelican makes an awesome Hard-sided Gun Case, that is TSA approved.
    The firearm must be completely unloaded, that means not a round in the chamber or a loaded magazine in the firearm.
    Though the guidelines suggest that having a loaded magazine inside the locked case is okay, it just can not be inside the firearm. I suggest not having ammo inside the locked case at all just to be on the safe side, and avoid dealing with the "wonderful" people of the TSA.
    The next thing you will need is a lock to secure the case. You can use just about any standard lock, either combination or key. Just make sure you have the key with you at all times, or the combination ready. The TSA can ask you to open the case at anytime so make sure you aren't fumbling around trying to appease them.
    Taking Some Ammo With You
    If you're taking a firearm chances are good you'll need some ammo with you. Ammunition must also travel inside checked baggage, and it must be stored inside fiber, wood, or metal boxes or other packaging designed to carry small amounts of ammo.
    Protip: Just keep the original manufacturers packaging when flying with ammo. It will make your life a lot easier
    Time To Declare Your Firearm
    TSA regulations require you to notify the ticketing agent that you have a firearm locked securely inside your baggage. Each airport/airline will probably be a little different but flying out of Detroit via Southwest has always been a breeze, has have the return flights from Sky Harbor out in Phoenix.
    When you approaching the counter you simply say "I need to declare a firearm". The ticketing agent will most likely provide a card for you to fill out with your name and information. On the reverse will be a little disclaimer about it being unloaded and etc.
    That's all there is to flying with a firearm within the TSA guidelines. Most of the time its going to be a easy and smooth process, just ensure the firearm is unloaded and locked, and that ammo is stored in a container properly.

    Ohio Gun Owners continues to draw in gun owners from all over Ohio. From passionate defenders of the second amendment, to the casual hobbyist OHGO is growing to be a place where everyone comes together. We get new members everyday and are rapidly approaching over 3,000 members
    Now is your chance to become part of the staff at OHGO and help us continue to grow so we can make sure all Ohioans have a safe place to buy, sell and trade firearms as well as interact with other members.
    Some of your responsibilities as the first ever site staff will be:
    Moderating the community to ensure rules are being followed. Helping promote OHGO content by sharing it. Help new members operate the site. Ensure content is posted in the correct forums. Generate new content for members to discuss in the community. As usual these jobs are volunteer jobs and you can do it in your spare time. Dedicate 1 hour a week, or 100, whatever you feel comfortable with. The only requirement is that you have at least 10 posts already in the community. These positions are non-paid spots, but you will get access to a super secret section of the forums if one exists. 
    I hope together we can continue to build OHGO and make it a success!
    If you're interested you can leave a comment, or just send me a message!

    Ammo prices are about as volatile as gas prices these days with wide sweeping changes in prices overnight. When you find those killer deals that have you wanting to buy 1,000 rounds for a fraction of the cost you usually pay, you'll want to stockpile as much as you can of it. The better conditions you store your ammo in, the longer it will last.
    Granted in the digital age, deals like those come and go with the breeze, but one thing you can never be sure of is ammo supply overall. Not to long ago there was such a shortage of .22 ammo it was almost 5x its normal price and you still wouldn't be able to find it anywhere! So when you decide to stock up on ammo, you'll want to make sure you can keep that ammo safe and usable for when the time comes.
    Tip Numero Uno: Avoid Extreme Temperatures
    Keeping your ammo away from extreme temperatures until its time to use it is essential to it having a long shelf life. While ammo is designed to be used in just about any environment reliably it should not be stored in those harsh conditions. You can expect to get at least 10 years shelf life out of even the most mediocre of ammo brands.
    One area to be particularly concerned with as summer rolls around is storing your ammo in your vehicle. High heat has been shown to rapidly degrade the ammunition.
    Tip #2:  Keep it Dry
    I am fairly certain I do not need to elaborate on this, but keeping your ammo dry is essential to it going bang when you need it to. The lower the humidity the better you will be in the long run with ammo storage. Humidity causes the corrosion to the brass casing, which can lead to failures pretty quick, which can be dangerous.
    After recently asking in the community, some members recommended storing the ammo in their original cardboard boxes to help suck up some of that moisture from the air. Not a bad tip at all.
    Tip #3: Keep The Air Out
    My final tip for properly storing your ammo is to keep the air out completely. We have all seen those air tight spam cans that look 50 years old, and you crack it open to find everything as good as new. Load a few rounds up and it still goes bang every single time. This is because those air tight containers also keep the moisture out!
    One of the leading causes of failure in ammo is when it starts to get old, chemicals are breaking down. Using these tips will help preserve that chemical mixture and allow your ammo to be usable for decades!

    Ohio could become the 13th state to allow for constitutional carry if a bill proposed by State Rep Ron Hood (R-Ashville) passes. Representative Hood introduced House Bill 387 in the Ohio Legislature with the hopes that you will no longer have to beg for government permission to carry a firearm for self defense.
    The bill wouldn't require any fee being paid to the government for you to exercise your right first, joining Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming. You won't need a government forced permit to carry a firearm either.
    Most violent criminals are already following constitutional guidelines but the average person who obeys the law can not. This bill would level the playing field and let any able minded and bodied person who so wishes to carry a firearm for self defense purposes.
    This graphic below shows a timeline of the states moving from not issuing gun permits in 1986, to may issue, then shall issue, and finally constitutional carry. If it follows the trends of the other stages it could be a good 15-20 years before this sweeps across the country and our gun rights are restored to where they should be.

    The second amendment is clear that the people have a right to bear arms for whatever purpose they deem necessary. It has been upheld in the Supreme Court as such and is the law of the land. We do not need permits to exercise our other rights so it shouldn't be needed to exercise our right to carry either.
    Other Pro-Gun Legislation On The Way
    Not only is Ohio moving toward constitutional carry, we are also looking to loosen the restrictions on laws already in place. House Bill 201 aims to remove the duty to notify law enforcement that you are carrying a concealed firearm. and House Bill 99 known as the "Second Amendment Protection Act" prohibits any enforcement of any future federal, or state firearms registrations, or firearm ban statute, ordinance, resolution or rule. Basically they'll never be able to take our guns!

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