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Old 12-14-2012, 12:23 AM
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I don't have plans to do this, but reading another thread brought this question to mind. If I packed pistol in my suitcase on a flight to, e.g., Paris, what should I expect?

Assuming I got in without any problem, what are the laws regarding carrying a gun?

Old 12-14-2012, 12:35 AM
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You have to follow BATF procedures for packing a pistol in the US, and then read French laws on the importation of firearms

Embassy of France, firearms importation
Old 12-14-2012, 12:38 AM
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I don't think even French citizens can carry handguns.
Old 12-14-2012, 12:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Woof View Post
I don't think even French citizens can carry handguns.
Read my link, it has the information the OP needs to know, and for your information as well
Old 12-14-2012, 01:19 AM
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The boarding agents wouldn't let you check in a firearm for the flight without the right paperwork, and the TSA would not let you bring it in through the gate. So, you'd have to smuggle it through (transport it illegally). Hunters and competition shooters do take firearms from the US to Europe, but there are established protocols, fees to be paid, licenses to obtain, storage and sometimes partial disassembly requirements, and so on. And note that firearms means firearms; ammunition is an entirely separate category with its own requirements.

Assuming you skipped the normal protocols, smuggled a firearm through security, and got caught carrying around a firearm in France, you'd probably be looking at 3 to 5 years in a French jail, followed by deportation, and then the US would probably prosecute you for your felony smuggling activity, and that might net you another few years, perhaps up to 10 if you refuse to plead guilty and get convicted at trial.
Old 12-14-2012, 01:36 AM
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Don't listen to tablemtn, (s)he has no idea what they are talking about. Read this instead:

Firearms and Ammunition | Transportation Security Administration
Old 12-14-2012, 03:20 AM
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I don't think you will need it lol. But read the law better.
Old 12-14-2012, 04:29 AM
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I just had a look at the French Government website and it states that " the carrying of weapons, category 4 ( "self defence" weapons) is illegal and forbidden even with a gun permit unless for professional and legitimate reasons.

Professional reasons would be if you are in Law enforcement ( a foreign law enforcement professional would need a special permit I suspect) or you are attending a shooting competition and have all the relevant documentation. And the carrying of fire arms under this is only allowed if you have disabled the gun first.

The French Customs people will fall on you like a ton of bricks if you are caught through customs ( I suspect you will be put immediately on a plane back to the US) and if caught on an actual street in France this could mean a jail sentence.

You are allowed to bring in two hunting rifles ( category 5) with 100 cartridges per gun but will need customs pre clearance by applying for a special permit to the "Direction Generale des Douanes")

Port et transport d'armes - Service-public.fr

Why would anyone feel they need a pistol in France ?
Old 12-14-2012, 04:31 AM
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The best for you a buy a gun illegally in France.
Old 12-14-2012, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Montpensier View Post
The best for you a buy a gun illegally in France.
Oh, yeah that's a brilliant idea, not only break the law by carrying a gun illegaly but commit a further felony by taking part in the gun black market.... I hope the OP enjoys the sight and smell of the inside of prisons for a long period of time if he ever followed your advice.

I suppose it would be an experience into how the French Judicial system works and what French Jails and inmates are like ! One sure way to find out.
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