TSA officers find handgun in carry-on bag

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A 35-year-old man traveling to Minneapolis/​St. Paul brought his security line at Pittsburgh International Airport to a standstill on Sunday after Transportation Safety Administration officers found a .380 handgun and ammunition in his carry-on bag, according to TSA officials and Allegheny County Police.

The man, who was not identified by police, told police officials he did not realize the gun was in his bag as he tried to pass through security about 11 a.m. County police were called to the airport security checkpoint, but after determining the man had a license to carry a concealed weapon, they let him secure his weapon outside the airport and cleared him to travel, according to TSA spokesman Mike McCarthy.

The man will pay a fine to the TSA but will not face any criminal charges, according to county police superintendent Charles Moffatt.

The handgun is the sixth located in carry-on bags at the Pittsburgh airport this year, and one of about 1,000 detected nationwide, Mr. McCarthy said. Most of those travelers have no malicious intent, and simply forget that they have placed a firearm in a bag they later use to travel, he said.

Firearms can be legally transported on planes, he said, but must be declared at check-in and must be placed in a locked, hard-sided case inside checked baggage. Local and state firearms laws apply at travelers’ destinations, he said.

First Published July 29, 2014 12:00 AM

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