Sporting Weapons

1. General

1.1 There are no internationally agreed standards for the carriage of sporting weapons on aircraft but there are security requirements which will apply to them.

1.2 Article 57 of the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2007 contains the requirements applicable to sporting weapons; however, OTAR Part 92 may also relate.

1.3 Sporting weapons include hunting knives, bows and other similar articles. A firearm is any gun, rifle or pistol which fires a projectile. The following firearms are generally regarded as being sporting weapons:

(a) those designed for shooting game, birds and other animals;

(b) those used for target shooting, clay pigeon shooting and competition shooting, providing the weapons are not those on standard issue to military forces;

(c) airguns, dart guns, starting pistols, etc.

Any firearm which is not a munition of war is treated as a sporting weapon for the purposes of its carriage on an aircraft

1.4 Although a weapon may be defined as sporting in the Air Navigation Order, this does not mean it would be excluded other legislation they may prohibit its carriage. The aims of the Air Navigation Order and other national legislation for firearms will differ. Also, there may be other non-aviation legislation or aviation security legislation that may or will apply to sporting weapons during their processing for air transport and after their carriage by air. The onus is on the Operator or handling agent to ensure all relevant legislation is met when dealing with sporting weapons for carriage by air.

1.5  Where there is doubt as to whether or not a weapon is a sporting weapon, the OTAA should be consulted.

2. Conditions for transport

No specific approval is required for the transport of sporting weapons providing certain conditions are met. These are:

(a) the Operator takes all reasonable measures to ensure he is informed of the intended carriage of the weapons;

(b) the weapons are stowed in a place which is inaccessible to passengers during flight;

(c) for firearms or other weapons that can contain ammunition, they are unloaded.

3. Ammunition for sporting weapons

Ammunition for a sporting weapon is dangerous goods by definition and as such it is covered by the requirements of the Technical Instructions. Where the ammunition is in a passenger's baggage, it may be carried, subject to the agreement of the Operator, provided that:

(a) it is in checked baggage;

(b) it is in Division 1.4S (see the Note);

(c) it is for the person's own use;

(d) it is securely boxed;

(e) the quantity does not exceed 5 kg gross weight; and

(f) it does not contain any explosive or incendiary projectiles.

NOTE:
Division 1.4S is a classification assigned to an explosive. It refers to cartridges which are packed or designed so that any dangerous effects from the accidental
functioning of one or more cartridges in a package are confined within the package unless it has been degraded by fire, when the dangerous effects are limited to the extent that they do not hinder fire fighting to other emergency response efforts in the immediate vicinity of the package. Cartridges for sporting use are likely to be within Division 1.4S.


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