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Old May 6, 2013, 12:36 AM   #5
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That's not the rule as I remember it. Unless they've changed the law, the fed regulations a couple of years ago required the gun owner to maintain possession of the key at all times. TSA approved locks does not mean that TSA can open them. They had the right to x-ray, but if they wanted to open the case, they had to call the owner to baggage handling, where the owner would open the case for inspection, and then re-lock the case upon completion of the inspection. Leaving a firearm unlocked in unlocked luggage would be a prima facie violation of the federal firearm transportation rules. The whole point of the lock requirement is for passenger protection; cutting off locks would invalidate the purpose of the law. I'd complain.
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