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Court docs: Ontario supervisor had loaded handgun in carry-on bag at Rochester airport in October

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Court documents revealed that outgoing Ontario Town Supervisor Frank Robusto Jr. was the man stopped at the TSA checkpoint with a loaded handgun at the airport in Rochester.

TSA reported that an Ontario man was stopped by security officers at Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport on October 12 when they detected a handgun in the man’s carry-on bag.


A .380 caliber gun was loaded with six bullets was located inside the bag.

An alert security officer was operating the X-ray unit at the checkpoint when they detected what appeared to be a firearm. A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was notified and responded. Upon arrival, they opened the bag for a closer inspection and a loaded firearm was discovered.

The traveler, who was not initially identified by TSA, had a valid New York State pistol permit and the weapon was confiscated by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

Reporting by WHAM 1180 on Thursday indicated that court documents out of Wayne County confirmed that the firearm was owned by Frank Robusto Jr., the outgoing town supervisor in Ontario, who was defeated in a June primary. The Town Board there also took a vote of no confidence in him earlier this year.

Passengers are only permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage. Firearms must be unloaded then packed in a hard-sided locked case.