When it’s time to move, you probably think about how you’re going to take your food, bed frame and other large items with you. But don’t forget about moving your firearms and ammo! There are processes, laws, and restrictions of transporting firearms and ammunition when moving, either within the state or to another state. In order to avoid civil or criminal penalties, you need to know the rules in place for carrying firearms in each state and the restrictions with each form of transportation, personal vehicle, moving company, or commercial air carrier. At UF Mover Guys, we are a moving company Gainesville, FL, residents can trust to deliver their belongings in a safe and timely manner.
Transporting Firearms in a Personal Vehicle
In Florida, a person 18 years of age or older who legally owns a firearm is allowed to transport it within their vehicle. However, unless they have a concealed weapon license, they cannot transport it openly in an accessible area ready to use. The firearm must be securely encases, unloaded, and separate from ammunition. The firearm must also be stored out of reach. This means that it cannot be in the glove compartment or under the seat, it should be in the back half of the vehicle, preferably the trunk. When transporting the firearm across state lines, the firearm must be stored the same way. However, gun laws vary by state so you should always check what is allowed and what is not prior to the move.
Transporting Weapons Via a Moving Company
Most Gainesville moving companies will agree to transport firearms for you, however, there are restrictions and regulations that they must follow. Licensed Florida moving companies are generally not allowed to transport dangerous or combustible items, which means that they cannot transport your ammunition. They also cannot indicate that a gun is inside the crate for safety reasons, so you must keep track of where it is stored. Some companies might even request to be present during the packing of your firearms to ensure that it follows their regulations.
Transporting Through Commercial Air Carrier
Because of strict TSA regulations and prohibited items, many people are confused as to how to go about the process of transporting firearms and ammunition. Since firearm possession laws vary by local, state, and international governments, it is important to understand them prior to transportation. General guidelines include declaring your firearm every time during baggage check-in and asking the airline about any particular limitations or fees. Firearms must always be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and they may only be transported as checked baggage, as well as all magazines, clips, bolts, and firing pins. All ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage and must only be transported through checked baggage.
Movers in Gainesville, FL
If you are planning a move, it is important to hire a reliable company that you can trust with your belongings. At UF Mover Guys, we strive to provide our customers with the highest quality service and timeliness. Contact us today for a Florida moving company you can count on.