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3rd Loaded Gun Confiscated at Detroit Metro Airport in a Week

Posted on the 15 May 2014 by Mikeb302000
Detroit Free Press
For the third time in a week, federal agents caught a person with a gun at a checkpoint at Detroit Metro Airport. This weapon was loaded, too, just like the last one snagged by security. The latest incident happened early Saturday morning when a Detroit woman was arrested after she was caught with a loaded .357 handgun as she was passing through the airport checkpoint, according to the Transportation Safety Administration. A TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted the handgun in the woman’s bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. Wayne County Airport Police were contacted and responded to the checkpoint, where the woman was arrested on a weapons charge. The gun was loaded with five rounds. This incident came days after airport police arrested two other individuals who were found with guns at the checkpoint. One of the arrested is an airport employee who was caught with a gun on May 4, as she was headed to work at one of the airport shops. Four days later, a male passenger was arrested when TSA officers caught him with a gun in his bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. No names have yet been provided. TSA stresses that weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.

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