KTRK reports that Charges have been dropped against Joseph Austin who didn’t follow all the rules of firearm safety and managed to negligently discharge a firearm at the airport.
HOUSTON (KTRK) –According to airport officials, Austin was at the Delta ticket counter in Terminal A in late June and had a gun in his carry-on baggage. He was taking it out to check it in, but the gun fired while still inside the bag.
In one simple paragraph, we see the mistakes that could easily have been avoided. Not all airlines have the same rules on how to transport firearms, but there some simple guidelines that could have prevented this, possibly deadly, incident from happening.
” You should always contact the airline before buying your ticket to understand their specific rules on the transportation of firearms “
How to legally and safely fly on an airline with a gun
- When taking a firearm to the airport, always unload it prior to entering airport property – you will have the most time to do this if you do it the day before departure as that allows a double-check before heading out the day of
- Pack the firearm in its own case, separate from any and all ammunition and other luggage
- Pack the firearm in the safest condition possible (bolt out, slide back/mag out or slide off/mag out, cylinder out, etc)
- Use a chamber flag or other indicator to make it obvious to you and anyone checking the firearm that it could not possibly be loaded and/or fired
You will not be allowed to take your carry gun on to the plane or even (legally) into the terminal, so failing to safe the firearm before getting to the airport will leave you in a hurry, prone to mistakes and soon to become a news story.
You should always contact the airline before buying your ticket to understand their specific rules on the transportation of firearms. This will give you time to purchase the required locks, case(s) or other items necessary in order to safely fly your gun on a plane.
Mr. Austin got off easy. His negligence didn’t hurt anyone and the courts let him off with some training.
Authorities say Joseph Austin successfully completed a gun safety course to get the deadly conduct charge, a Class A misdemeanor, against him dismissed.
Just follow our advice so you don’t become a headline.