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    Just wondering since it is illegal to travel thru Chitcago with any handgun, even unloaded and in the trunk, how can I bring my handguns on vacation. Both Midway and Ohare airports are in Chitcago. If I were to claim them to the ticket agent will I be arrested? Will they confiscate them? I have ccw permits from other states and would like to bring my handguns with me. Has anyone experienced this situation?

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    You should not have any problems as long as they are legal at you final destinations and transported in compliance with state and federal law. If an Illinois resident have your FOID card. You may technically have a problem if you final destination is Chicago! I have heard of no problems with LEO’s of travelers through O’Hare. Stolen items or missing luggage is another story.

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    I live in a suburb of Chitcago not in the chity limits. However when you say final destination, according to the airlines, my final destination will be Chitcago. I need to get that cleared up. I would hate to lose my weapons on a technicality. Yes I do have a valid F.O.I.D. (useless waste of paper) Card. I do not trust mayor daley or his communist way of running this state.

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    Just an interesting side note to this question popped up Thursday.

    http://www.firearmscoalition.org/alerts/msg00047.html

    NY Ambush [line]
    • Subject: NY Ambush
    • From: AlertsList at FirearmsCoalition.org (Firearms Coalition)
    • Date: Thu Feb 22 18:05:50 2007
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    Assistance Needed for Victim of New York Ambush!
    
    A nurse from Indiana named Joyce was visiting friends in Vermont and 
    Massachusetts earlier this
    month when she ran into an unexpected problem.  Upon checking in at the 
    ticket counter in Albany,
    NY (the nearest major airport) for her return flight to Indiana, she 
    declared her firearm, which was
    secured with a cable-lock through the barrel and magazine well and 
    double-locked in a hard case.  
    The NW Airlines ticket agent called over a Deputy Sheriff who asked 
    Joyce several questions
    about the gun and her travels with it.  He then asked her to accompany 
    him to his office where he
    arrested and booked her for unlawful possession of a weapon without a NY 
    license.
    
    Joyce was able to post bail and return home but is expected back in 
    court in NY on March 7.  At
    this point she is still looking for legal representation and we are 
    doing our best to help her in any
    way we can.  We've brought her case to the attention of the NRA, SAF, 
    and the NY State Rifle
    and Pistol Association.  And we are hopeful that these organizations 
    will be able to provide some
    guidance and legal assistance.
    
    Even if someone provides free legal assistance, she still faces $500 
    plane tickets, hotel bills, and
    missed work, not to mention the loss of her Kimber Raptor.  She is also 
    fearful that this arrest
    could jeopardize her career.
    
    Joyce is a recent widow, the mother of a police officer, and a 
    self-supporting nurse.  Her job
    puts her on the road quite a bit and away from home for several days at 
    a time so at the urging of
    her son she attended a three-day handgun course in Ohio and acquired an 
    Ohio CCW.
    
    We are calling on the gun-rights community to rally to Joyce's aid.
    
    We are working with others to set up a Legal Defense Fund for her, but 
    until the legalities and
    logistics of that get worked out, we are accepting donations on her 
    behalf at the Firearms Coalition.
    
    Contributions can be made by credit card over the phone at 703-753-0424, 
    on-line at our web site,
    www.FirearmsCoalition.org, using the PayPal link, or by cash, check, or 
    money order mailed to:
    
    The Firearms Coalition
    PO Box 3313
    Manassas, VA  20108
    
    Mark your donation "NY Defense Fund" and we will see to it that it goes 
    directly to help this poor
    woman in this terrible situation.
    
    Joyce is planning to attend the regular meeting of the Indiana 2nd 
    Amendment Patriots,
    6:00 PM at the German Township Fire Station, located on Hwy 65 
    (Cynthiana Hwy).
    http://www.2ndamendmentpatriots.org for directions and more information.
    
    We are asking that you do three things:
    
    1. Send a donation immediately.
    2. Post and forward this to everyone you know.
    3. Take this information to your local clubs and organizations, pass the 
    hat, and ask the club
    to make an official donation.
    
    Be sure to mark all donations for Joyce's benefit with "NY Defense Fund"
    None of the proceeds of this special appeal go to the Firearms 
    Coalition.  Everything will go
    directly to assist Joyce in her time of need.  
    
    When an official Legal Defense Fund is created we will pass that 
    information on.
    
    Thank you for your assistance in this effort.
    
    Yours for the Second Amendment,
    
    Jeff Knox
    Director of Operations
    The Firearms Coalition

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    OY. Regarding the "NY Ambush", there have been several widely-reported cases of this happening at NYC airports, but they're doing it upstate, too? Gack. (I do wonder about her time in MA, though: they're pretty gun-unfriendly there, and make only a few highly-restricted provisions for non-residents to carry. See packing.org's page on MA for brief, troubling summary.)

    Glock20, on the other hand, should be protected by 18 USC 926A, as there's nothing in that section of the USC that restricts the meaning of origin and destination to be only from commercial airport to commercial airport. Ya wanna be a test case, though? Me neither. :-(

    Oh yeah, and of course: IANAL.


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    O.K., I took my chances and called a Chitcago police dept. and ran it by them. The officer said as long as I can legally own a handgun in the town in which I reside, I will not have a problem in traveling thru Chitcago. Obviously it has to be encased and unloaded in the trunk. If I lived in the city then I would have a problem because in Chitcago (one of the top murder capitols of th USA) you are not allowed to own a handgun.

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