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TSA discovers two loaded handguns at Tri-Cities Regional Airport

February 25th, 2014 10:06 am by Staff Report

TSA discovers two loaded handguns at Tri-Cities Regional Airport

A TSA agent found a loaded .38 caliber Charter 2000 revolver with five rounds and a loaded .22 caliber Jennings semi-automatic with six rounds in a passenger's carry-on bag. (Contributed/TSA)

BLOUNTVILLE — The Transportation Security Administration discovered two loaded handguns at the checkpoint at Tri-Cities Regional Airport on Monday afternoon.

About 2:30 p.m., a TSA agent found a loaded .38 caliber Charter 2000 revolver with five rounds and a loaded .22 caliber Jennings semi-automatic with six rounds in a passenger’s carry-on bag. The passenger, whose name was not included in a news release, was cited by local law enforcement.

While firearms may be transported in checked baggage — provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded — they are prohibited in carry-on bags.

In a news release, the TSA issued a reminder to passengers that it is important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport. Safety is the first concern of the TSA, and having these items in bags that are traveling with you on the aircraft is dangerous to other travelers and can be easily mistaken as an intentional attempt to carry a prohibited item onto an aircraft.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark J. Howell, TSA spokesman. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from TSA,

For more information about the TSA prohibited items: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm

The guns marked the second and third firearm found in carry-on bags at the checkpoint at Blountville so far this year.

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