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Seneca County man detained at Syracuse airport for possessing loaded handgun in bag

A Seneca County man was detained by TSA officers on Monday at Syracuse Hancock International Airport after a loaded gun was spotted in his carry-on bag, according to a TSA spokesperson.

The gun was spotted in the security checkpoint’s X-ray machine. The man told officers that he didn’t know the gun was in the bag.

The individual was not immediately identified.

TSA officials said that the gun was loaded with six bullets.

“It is important to remember that regardless of whether an individual has a concealed firearm permit, no guns are permitted past security checkpoints,” said Bart Johnson in a release, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Upstate New York. “Our TSA officers are good at their jobs and are actively seeking prohibited items to ensure a secure flight for passengers and crew.”


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