3 days, 3 loaded guns in carry-ons at Boise Air­port

The Idaho Statesman - - Stay Connected - BY RUTH BROWN [email protected]­hostates­man.com

Three male trav­el­ers in a three-day pe­riod have at­tempted to pass through Boise Air­port se­cu­rity with loaded hand­guns in their carry-on lug­gage dur­ing the busiest travel sea­son of the year, the Trans­porta­tion Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Thurs­day.

Fol­low­ing the high num­ber of back-to­back vi­o­la­tions, the TSA sent a news re­lease on Thurs­day morn­ing warn­ing trav­el­ers against pack­ing weapons and re­mind­ing them that it is pro­hib­ited to bring a loaded firearm on an air­plane in carry-on lug­gage. Signs hang around the Boise Air­port with the same re­minder.

The first hand­gun was dis­cov­ered at 5:40 a.m. Tues­day, when a TSA of­fi­cer found a .45-cal­iber Smith & Wes­son pis­tol loaded with six rounds. The pas­sen­ger was trav­el­ing to Seat­tle-Ta­coma In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

At 8:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day, a pas­sen­ger trav­el­ing to Salt Lake City In­ter­na­tional Air­port tried to carry on a .40-cal­iber Glock 23 firearm loaded with 11 rounds.

Fi­nally, at 5:15 a.m. Thurs­day, a TSA of­fi­cer dis­cov­ered a 9 mm LH9-MKII semi­au­to­matic pis­tol loaded with 13 rounds in the bag of a pas­sen­ger trav­el­ing to the Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

In each case, se­cu­rity dis­cov­ered the guns on an X-ray ma­chine and no­ti­fied Boise Po­lice. TSA has not pub­licly iden­ti­fied the three pas­sen­gers, but their cases have been re­ferred to the Ada County Pros­e­cut­ing At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Each man could face a rec­om­mended civil penalty of $1,960-$9,800 for bring­ing a firearm to a se­cu­rity check­point, ac­cord­ing to TSA.

“The fac­tors TSA con­sid­ers when de­ter­min­ing the civil penalty amount in­clude whether the firearm was loaded and whether there was ac­ces­si­ble am­mu­ni­tion,” the TSA news re­lease said.

As of Thurs­day, TSA of­fi­cers at the Boise Air­port have found 22 firearms in trav­el­ers’ carry-on lug­gage in 2018. Boise Air­port TSA found 29 firearms in 2017 and 18 in 2016.

Firearms, am­mu­ni­tion, firearms parts and re­al­is­tic repli­cas of firearms are all banned from carry-on lug­gage, ac­cord­ing to TSA. Trav­el­ers may put those items in checked bag­gage if the trav­eler de­clares them with the air­line dur­ing the ticket counter check-in, and any firearms must be un­loaded. This must be done be­fore a trav­eler at­tempts to go through se­cu­rity check­points.

Ad­di­tional trav­eler in­for­ma­tion specif­i­cally re­lated to the com­mer­cial air trans­port of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion can be found at tsa.gov/trav­eler­in­for­ma­tion/firearms-and-am­mu­ni­tion.

Pro­vided by TSA

At 5:15 a.m. Thurs­day, a Boise TSA of­fi­cer dis­cov­ered a 9 mm LH9-MKII semi­au­to­matic pis­tol loaded with 13 rounds in the bag of a pas­sen­ger trav­el­ing to the Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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