TSA reminds passengers to check for prohibited items after discovering loaded firearm

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) checkpoint today.

At approximately 10 a.m., a loaded Ruger .380 caliber handgun was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag.

TSA immediately alerted local law enforcement, who took possession of the firearm and escorted the passenger out of the checkpoint area.

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.

TSA would like to remind passengers that it is important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport.

Safety is the first concern of the TSA, and having these items in bags that are traveling with you on the aircraft is dangerous to other travelers and can be easily mistaken as an intentional attempt to bring a prohibited item onto an aircraft.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

This is the 11th firearm discovered at the security checkpoint by TSA officers at HSV in 2016. A total of two were found at HSV last year.

In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from the TSA.

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You can also check here for more information about TSA prohibited items, or the reglations concerning firearms and ammunition.