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TSA discovers two loaded .380s at GSP checkpoints Sunday and today

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, May 5, 2014

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At approximately 5:45 a.m. Sunday, a loaded .380 was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag.
 

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At approximately 5:45 a.m. Sunday, a loaded .380 was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag.

 



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Another loaded .380 was discovered with an extra magazine and 50 more rounds of ammunition at approximately 7:23 a.m. today.
 

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Another loaded .380 was discovered with an extra magazine and 50 more rounds of ammunition at approximately 7:23 a.m. today.

 

The Transportation Security Administration has discovered two loaded firearms at checkpoints at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer Sunday and today.

At approximately 5:45 a.m. Sunday, a loaded .380 was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag.

Another loaded .380 was discovered with an extra magazine and 50 more rounds of ammunition at approximately 7:23 a.m. today.

Airport police were alerted in each incident, and both passengers were cited on local charges. 

While firearms may be transported in checked baggage (provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded) they are prohibited in carry-on bags.

Passengers are reminded it’s important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport, according the TSA. 

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

TSA officers at GSP have discovered nine firearms in passenger carry-on bags in 2014.  A total of 12 firearms were found at GSP checkpoints in 2013.

In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from TSA.

Visit here for more information on TSA prohibited items.

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