TSA Stops Salem Man with Loaded Gun at Pittsburgh International Airport; Handgun had Six Bullets in It

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on May 14, 2024 via

 A Salem, W.Va., man was stopped with a loaded gun by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Pittsburgh International Airport on Monday, May 13, one day after they stopped a Pennsylvania man who was also toting a loaded gun with him.
The firearm that was intercepted on Monday was a .380 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets. 
The good catch by TSA officers on Monday brings the total number of guns caught at the airport’s checkpoints to 14 so far this year. Each one of those firearms has been loaded.
“This is a good opportunity to remind all firearm owners that they certainly can travel with their gun if they pack it the proper way,” said Karen Keys-Turner, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport. “All you need to do is make sure that the firearm is unloaded, that it is packed in a locked hard-sided case and taken to the airline check-in counter to be declared. At that point, the airline will ensure it is transported in the belly of the plane where nobody has access to it during the flight. If individuals don’t follow these simple steps, they risk criminal charges from the police, including arrest, and they likely will be slapped with a stiff federal financial penalty that could cost thousands of dollars.”
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website.
Bringing a gun to an airport checkpoint carries a federal civil penalty because TSA reserves the right to issue a civil penalty to travelers who have guns and gun parts with them at a checkpoint. Civil penalties for bringing a weapon into a checkpoint can reach up to $15,000, depending on the specific weapon and the circumstances. This applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane. This also applies to travelers who are enrolled in the TSA PreCheck® program, who will lose their TSA PreCheck privileges if they bring a gun to a checkpoint.   
When a gun is detected in the checkpoint X-ray unit, the conveyor belt is stopped and the police are notified. Police remove the carry-on bag from the X-ray unit because TSA does not want its officers handling firearms. Police determine whether a traveler is arrested or issued a criminal citation. Meanwhile the remaining passengers in the checkpoint lane either wait for the issue to be resolved or they are shifted to another checkpoint lane, thus delaying dozens of passengers from getting to their gates.
The TSA did not release the name of the individual.
Editor's Note: TSA photo shows gun in question.

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