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TSA statement on transporting 3-D printed firearms

Statement
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – 3-D printed firearms, like standard, realistic replica and novelty firearms, may be transported in checked baggage only in accordance with federal regulations. Travelers must comply with laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments. Travelers with 3-D printed firearms at the checkpoint will face criminal referrals to local law enforcement as well as civil penalties imposed by TSA.  

TSA has determined that these items can—and have been— detected at the security checkpoint. Our officers are trained to look for and detect threats, including artfully concealed weapons, and through use of sophisticated technology, including Advanced Imaging Technology, can detect non-metallic items concealed on a passenger. 

3-D printed firearms may be transported in checked baggage only.

For more information on traveling with a firearm please visit TSA.gov: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/transporting-firearms-and-ammunition

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