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Another gun found at security checkpoint at Harrisburg International Airport; woman cited

Posted 8/22/19

Police cited a Harrisburg woman Thursday after Transportation Security Administration officers at Harrisburg International Airport caught her trying to bring a loaded revolver past a security …

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Another gun found at security checkpoint at Harrisburg International Airport; woman cited

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Police cited a Harrisburg woman Thursday after Transportation Security Administration officers at Harrisburg International Airport caught her trying to bring a loaded revolver past a security checkpoint, according to a press release.

It’s the third gun found in HIA baggage this summer.

TSA officers caught the .357 caliber handgun, which was loaded with five bullets, as it entered the checkpoint X-ray machine inside one of the woman’s carry-on bags. TSA officers notified the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority Police, which came to the checkpoint and cited her on weapons charges.

Previously, airport police went to HIA’s security checkpoint following a report of a possible firearm in a carry-on bag at 1:21 p.m. June 30. A Honey Brook man was charged with carrying a firearm without a license.

On June 15, a Lower Paxton Township man allegedly had a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer handgun in his carry-on while going through the security checkpoint X-ray machine.

Also, on July 7, a man was stopped by TSA after he tried to bring box cutters and a utility knife past the security checkpoint at HIA.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared, according to the TSA. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.

Nationwide last year, 4,239 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging about 11.6 firearms per day, which is about a 7 percent increase nationally in firearm discoveries from the total of 3,957 detected in 2017, according to the TSA. Eighty-six percent of firearms detected at checkpoints last year were loaded and nearly 34 percent had a bullet in the chamber.

Individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement. Even travelers with concealed firearm permits are not allowed to bring guns onto airplanes in their carry-on bags. TSA has the authority to assess civil penalties of up to $13,333 for weapons violations. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $4,000.

Travelers should contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.