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SW Virginia man arrested after loaded gun found in carry-on bag at Tri-Cities Regional Airport

June 3rd, 2013 2:02 pm by Staff Report

SW Virginia man arrested after loaded gun found in carry-on bag at Tri-Cities Regional Airport

Gun found at TCRA on Sunday. (Contributed/TSA)

BLOUNTVILLE — A loaded firearm was discovered at a security checkpoint at Tri-Cities Regional Airport Sunday morning, Transportation Safety Administration officials said.

The loaded .357 revolver was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag, TSA Public Affairs Officer Jon Allen said Monday afternoon.

Lee R. Osborne, 61, of Castlewood, Va.,  was brought to the Sullivan County Jail by airport police Sunday morning. He has been released on a $3,000 bond and he is charged with prohibited possession of a handgun.

See for more on the arrest.


The following information was released by the TSA earlier today:

BLOUNTVILLE — The Transportation Security Administration announced Monday that it had discovered a loaded firearm at the security checkpoint at Tri-Cities Regional Airport on Sunday.

At 7:45 a.m. a loaded .357 revolver was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag. Airport police were alerted and arrested the passenger, the TSA said in a news release.

There were 1,549 firearms discovered at TSA checkpoints nationwide in 2012 including two at Tri-Cities. Sunday's firearm was the first gun discovery of 2013 at the airport. 

Weapons—included guns—are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.

Passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face a civil penalty from TSA (see page 7 of the following document for additional information):

Last year TSA assessed more than $1.8 million in civil penalties for firearms discovered in passenger carry-on bags.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure. Information about the proper transport of firearms is available on our web site:

Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. The said TSA travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

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