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TSA finds three loaded guns in three days at Boise Airport

Posted: 12:53 PM, Dec 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-06 19:55:18Z
TSA finds three loaded guns at Boise Airport
TSA finds three loaded guns at Boise Airport
TSA finds three loaded guns at Boise Airport

Transportation Security Administration officers at the Boise Airport say they found three loaded guns in the past three days during the routine screening of carry-on luggage belonging to departing travelers.

About 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, a TSA officer found a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson M&P pistol -- loaded
with six rounds -- in a carry-on bag belonging to a passenger traveling  to the Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5 at about 8:30 a.m., a .40 caliber Glock 23 -- loaded with eleven rounds -- was discovered in a carry-on luggage belonging to a passenger traveling to Salt Lake.

And on Thursday, Dec. 6 at about 5:15 a.m., a TSA officer discovered a 9 mm LH9-MKII semiautomatic
pistol -- loaded with thirteen rounds -- in a carry-on baggage belonging to a passenger headed to Denver.

“One gun in carry-on luggage is one too many. With the discovery of three firearms in three days at Boise Airport, it is a stark reminder to follow rules for traveling with a firearm to make sure
it is a happy and safe holiday season” said Andy Coose, TSA Federal Security Director for Idaho.

TSA officers say they have discovered a total of 22 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage at Boise Airport so far this year.

TSA remind passengers that firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. However, these items can be transported in checked baggage -- provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process, officials said.

If a passenger brings a firearm to the TSA security checkpoint, he or she could penalized with fines that could go as high as $9,800.

All three incidents have been referred to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney for review.