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TSA Agents Find Loaded Firearm At Boise Airport
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Officers with the Transportation Security Administration at Boise Airport discovered a loaded firearm at the security checkpoint Friday morning during routine screening of carry-on baggage.
The .380 caliber Ruger firearm was loaded with six rounds and detected in the carry-on bag of a female passenger ticketed for travel to San Francisco. The Boise Police Department cited the passenger on a state charge.
This is the fourth firearm TSA has discovered this year in the carry-on bag of a passenger at the Boise Airport. Nationwide, over a three-day period spanning Friday through Sunday, 26 firearms were detected in carry-on bags at security checkpoints; since January 1, 2013, more than 750 handguns have been found during routine screening of carry-ons at airports across the country.
Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. However, these items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container. TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.
In addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA reserves the right to levy a civil penalty of up to $7,500 for bringing a dangerous weapon like a firearm to the checkpoint. Each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.