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Gun found in baggage at Eisenhower National Airport

April 15, 2019 - 11:21 pm

Authorities with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered a loaded firearm at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport Monday.

The gun, a 9mm Ruger loaded with five rounds, was detected by an agent during x-ray screening at the security screening checkpoint. 

The Wichita Airport Police department responded, interviewed the passenger, and took possession of the weapon. Law enforcement will present the case for any possible charges.  

TSA will also review the incident and can assess a civil penalty of up to $13,333 per violation. Factors TSA considers when determining the civil penalty amount include whether the firearm was loaded. 
Firearms can only be transported in a checked bag, if declared to the airline at the ticket counter and properly packed in a locked, hard-sided container. Firearm parts, ammunition, and realistic replicas also are not allowed through security checkpoints, but can travel in checked bags.   

This is the third firearm discovered at Eisenhower National Airport so far this year. 

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