TSA finds loaded gun at Wichita ICT airport

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found a loaded gun at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) during a security screening checkpoint on Monday.

A news release from the TSA stated that Wichita Airport police responded after a 9mm Ruger, loaded with five rounds was detected during an x-ray screening at the checkpoint. The owner of the gun was interviewed and the weapon was confiscated. 

Any criminal charges are up to law enforcement but TSA will also review the incident and can assign a penalty of up to $13,333 per violation. Whether or not a firearm is loaded is taken into consideration when determining a penalty. 

“This is a good opportunity to remind passengers that firearms are not allowed at airport security checkpoints,” said TSA Kansas Federal Security Director Jay Brainard.

Firearms, ammunition and realistic replicas can be transported but only if placed in a checked bag and declared to the airline at the ticket counter. The firearm must also be properly locked in a hard-sided case.

This is the third firearm discovered at ICT this year.

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