Gun found at Tri-Cities Regional Airport www.privateofficer.com
Kingsport TN June 1 2012 The Transportation Security Administration discovered a firearm at the security checkpoint at Tri-Cities Regional Airport this morning.
At approximately 6:30 a.m., a .380 Ruger pistol, with five rounds in a separate clip, was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag.
Airport police were alerted and took possession of the firearm and ammunition.
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.
Information about the proper transport of firearms is available on the TSA Web site.
“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint,” said Jon Allen, TSA spokesman.
“Our 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.
Nationwide, more than 1,300 firearms were discovered at TSA checkpoints during 2011. This is the first firearm discovered at the Tri-Cities checkpoint this year.