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TSA Agents Find Loaded Gun in Reno Airport Carry-on Baggage

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From the Transportation Security Administration:

Officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) discovered a loaded gun at the security checkpoint Tuesday afternoon during routine screening of carry-on baggage.

The .38 caliber Smith & Wesson firearm was loaded with five rounds and detected in the carry-on bag of a male passenger ticketed for travel to Phoenix.  The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Police Department cited the passenger on a state charge. 

This is the second firearm TSA has discovered this year in the carry-on bag of a passenger at RNO.  Nationwide, since January 1, 2013, approximately 860 handguns have been found during routine screening of carry-ons at airports across the country. 

Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage.  However, these items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.

Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container.  TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.

In addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA reserves the right to levy a civil penalty of up to $7,500 for bringing a dangerous weapon like a firearm to the checkpoint.  Each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

TSA reminds passengers to be aware of the contents of their carry-on bag prior to coming to the security checkpoint.  TSA has multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not  at all.  For more information, visit www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items or use TSA's mobile app - myTSA.

The myTSA app allows a traveler to enter the name of an item and the app will provide information on how to transport that item on board an aircraft. You can download myTSA app on iTunes or Google Play.  The same information can also be accessed via any web browser at www.tsa.gov/mobile.

From the Transportation Security Administration

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