Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Gun, box cutter confiscated from man at Yeager Airport checkpoint

CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — Yeager Airport Police confiscated a semi-automatic pistol and box cutter from a man at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint Tuesday night in Charleston.

The gun, a Browning .25 caliber, was loaded and in the man's carry on bag, according to a news release from the airport.

The incident occurred about 6:25 p.m., the release said.

Police said the man, identified as James Cordell Menear, 62, of Huntington, was issued a citation by police.

The firearm was the first of 2017 to be confiscated by Yeager Airport police. Ten firearms were confiscated in 2016 at the airport.

"We strongly urge all travelers to pay heed to the signage in the airport regarding firearms and double check their carry on baggage before attempting to pass through the security check point, " Yeager Airport police chief Joe Crawford said in the release.

Weapons, including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, are not permitted in carry-on bags at airports, but can be transported in checked bags if the guns are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.

Passengers who bring guns to airports could face criminal charges and fines of up to $11,000 from the TSA.


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