It's legal to pack weapons in your checked luggage.... as long as they're not loaded.

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That was not the case for one woman who was stopped by officers in the Atlantic City Airport when the gun was discovered via the X-Ray luggage scanner. According to NJ.com, the handgun was found to be loaded with six bullets. woman was questioned, but then released.

If you plan on traveling with weapons or firearms, not only must it be stored properly in checked luggage, but you must make it known to airport personnel when you check in.

Source: NJ.com