Friday, July 19, 2013
Security officers at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport recovered a firearm from a passenger’s carry-on bag Thursday afternoon.
The .25 caliber Targa GT and magazine were not loaded when found, a TSA official said in a news release. Security then notified airport safety police.
No further information was provided.
Thursday’s incident is the second time in Wichita in 2013. But nationwide, TSA has found more than 900 firearms at checkpoints this year.
Firearms and ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, are always prohibited in carry-on bags. These items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container. TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.
TSA has the authority to impose a civil penalty on passengers who bring a firearm to the checkpoint.