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Immediate Release

DoD Announces Revision to Joint Travel Regulations Authorizing Transportation of Gun Safes

Today, the Department of Defense announced that effective May 2, 2022, the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) will allow service members to ship empty gun safes, not to exceed 500 pounds, in addition to a service member’s prescribed Household Goods weight allowance to their next permanent duty station, which includes the home of record or home of selection, upon leaving the Service.

This JTR revision was initially requested by the Under Secretary of the Air Force in April in support of the Month of The Military Child with a focus on how important gun safes are for overall gun safety and child safety. This revision contributes to the Department’s efforts to prevent suicide, domestic violence and accidental death among children in the household by incentivizing safe storage options for firearms. This revision also supports the President’s Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention Strategy and is being promoted in support of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month.

The memorandum for the Joint Travel Regulations revision authorizing gun safe transportation can be found here.