Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Man is arrested at Trenton-Mercer Airport (KTTN) after loaded gun is found in carry-on

EWING – A Bucks County man was arrested Wednesday at a Trenton-Mercer Airport security checkpoint after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on bag, Transportation Security Administration officials said.

A TSA officer staffing the X-ray machine saw a 9-mm handgun tucked inside the man's bag and alerted the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, which made the arrest. The gun was loaded with eight rounds. He told the TSA officer that he forgot that he had the gun with him.

The Warrington, Pa., resident, whose name was not released, was ticketed to fly to Charlotte. Frontier Airlines is the only commercial carrier that flies out of Trenton-Mercer Airport. The gun was the first caught at the airport's checkpoint this year, authorities said.

This year, TSA agents have already confiscated 1,855 firearms from passengers nationwide, 42 more than in all of 2013. The TSA said 1,471 of those firearms were loaded.

Weapons, including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from the TSA up to $11,000.

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