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Loaded revolver found in man’s carry-on

BLI Firearm (2013-01-29)

Courtesy TSA

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Security workers found a loaded revolver in a man’s carry-on baggage Tuesday morning at the Bellingham International Airport, according to a Transportation Security Administration spokesperson.

The man was flying to Reno, Nev., when TSA officers found a loaded .22 caliber Derringer in his baggage during a routine screening. Five rounds of ammunition were loaded in the gun.

When it was discovered, the man turned his gun over to someone else who wasn’t traveling with him and was allowed to board his plane following questioning. The flight wasn’t delayed. The man’s name was not released because he was not charged with a crime, officials said.

Travelers face a fine of up to $7,500 and criminal charges if weapons are found in carry-on bags, the TSA reported. Guns can be transported in checked baggage, providing the traveler declares them to the airline during the check-in process.


10 Comments to “Loaded revolver found in man’s carry-on”

    Joe said:
    January 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Kudos to the Bellingham TSA for not overreacting!

    Craig said:
    January 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    why wasn't he charged? Another case of boys will be boys?

      Guest said:
      February 1, 2013 at 3:17 AM

      They knew him. An old friend.

    Matt said:
    January 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Didn’t carry it on therefore… .22 derringer? Not a mans gun.

      tj1 said:
      January 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      funny, cause real men don't need guns

        PJUSN said:
        January 31, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Funny, I bet if your house got broke into you would be praying for a real man with a gun to show up.

    Kathy said:
    January 30, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Typical Whatcom County response. Not charged. Allowed to give a loaded firearm to a friend. Allowed to fly. No consequences whatsoever for being stupid, for not knowing the rules. I sure wish I got that kind of treatment for traffic infractions.

    John said:
    February 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    It certainly sends the wrong message. Go ahead, sneak a gun into your carryon. If it's discovered just say whoops. If it isn't discovered, fly to the nearest skyscraper or holiday destination of your choice.

    TSABlogTeam said:
    February 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Hi. Bob Burns here from the TSA Blog. I just wanted to provide you with a link to a portion of our web page that explains how to travel with firearms and ammunition in your checked luggage. http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-

    Also, here is a link to our 2012 year in review blog post showing the total for all firearms discovered in 2012, plus more interesting info. http://blog.tsa.gov/2013/01/a-look-at-dangerous-s


    Bob Burns
    TSA Blog http://blog.tsa.gov

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