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TSA officers intercept loaded handgun in carry-on baggage at La Crosse airport


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Transportation Security Administration agents on Saturday prevented a loaded handgun from making its way aboard a plane at the La Crosse regional airport.

During the routine carry-on baggage check at around 11:20 a.m., a TSA officer spotted the image of a handgun on the x-ray screen. TSA officials immediately alerted La police to the police. Stock.

The gun was loaded with a cartridge in the chamber, and the traveler is a resident of La Crosse, according to the TWA. A La Crosse policeman intervened at the checkpoint and secured the weapon.

The TSA did not identify the person carrying the weapon.

“Passengers who travel with firearms should follow the proper procedure,” said Mark Lendavy, federal director of security for the Wisconsin TSA. “Pack the firearm in a locked hard case and check the bag. Firearms are never allowed in carry-on baggage.

It was the first gun detected at an LSE checkpoint this year. One weapon was arrested in 2020.

The TSA can impose civil penalties of up to $ 13,910 per violation per person. A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun at a checkpoint is $ 4,100. The full list of civil penalties is on the TSA website.

If a traveler with a firearm is a member of TSA PreCheck, that person will lose their TSA PreCheck privileges for a period of time.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if unloaded, packed separately from ammunition in a locked hard case, and declared at the airline check-in counter.

Laws on the possession of firearms vary by state and locality. Travelers should check the gun laws in their destination jurisdiction.

The TSA has details on their website on how to travel with a firearm. Travelers should also contact their airlines, as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.

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