A man from Beaver Dams was caught with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport on Wednesday morning. The firearm was detected during a routine X-ray screening at the security checkpoint.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at the airport discovered the 9mm gun, which was loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber, in the man’s backpack. Police were immediately notified and confirmed the presence of the firearm upon inspecting the bag. The man, identified as a firearm instructor, claimed to have forgotten about the gun in his bag. He was allowed to return the firearm to his home due to his valid New York State pistol permit.
Despite possessing a permit, the man faces a significant financial penalty from the TSA, as carrying guns through security checkpoints is strictly prohibited. This penalty can be as high as $15,000. Passengers are reminded that guns are only allowed in checked baggage, must be unloaded, and packed in a hard-sided locked case, declared at the airline check-in counter.
Gun owners are responsible for being aware of and adhering to gun possession laws, which vary by state and locality.
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