Loaded Firearm Discovered In Passenger's Carry-On Bag At Chattanooga Airport

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm in a passenger’s carry-on bag this morning at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. The loaded .357 revolver was discovered at about 5 a.m., airport police were immediately alerted and took possession of the firearm.

Weapons—including guns—are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Individuals are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint and the TSA’s advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items. Individuals who bring firearms to a checkpoint face a civil penalty from the TSA .

Last year the TSA assessed more than $1.8 million in civil penalties for firearms discovered at the security checkpoint.

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 the web site: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition.

The TSA discovered 1,556 firearms at checkpoints nationwide in 2012 including three at Chattanooga Metropolitan. This was the second firearm discovered at CHA in 2013.


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