VOL. 131 | NO. 115 | Thursday, June 9, 2016
Loaded Gun Found at Memphis International Airport
Daily News staff
The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at the Memphis International Airport checkpoint Wednesday, June 8.
A loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm was discovered around 6 a.m. in a passenger’s carry-on bag. It is the 12th firearm discovered by TSA officers at Memphis International this year. A total of 28 were found at MEM last year.
TSA immediately alerted airport police, who took possession of the bag and cited the passenger on a state charge. The passenger’s name wasn’t revealed in a TSA press release.
In addition to potential criminal charges, the passenger will face civil penalties from TSA.
Firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags. They may be transported in checked baggage, provided they are declared to the airline, are stored in a proper carrying case and are not loaded.
“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said TSA regional spokesman Mark Howell. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”