More Guns Found in Yakima Passanger Carry-On Bags

More Guns Found in Yakima Passanger Carry-On Bags

PRESS RELEASE: Transportation Security Administration

YAKIMA, Wash. – Officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Yakima Air Terminal (YKM) discovered two firearms during routine screening of carry-on bags over a three-day period this week.

TSA officers detected the first firearm – a .22 caliber Derringer pistol – Sunday morning around 5:15 AM PT in the carry-on bag of a female passenger ticketed for travel to Seattle. The firearm was unloaded.

TSA discovered the second firearm – a .22 caliber Jennings J-22 – Tuesday at 9:55 AM PT in the carry-on bag of a male passenger traveling to Seattle. The firearm was loaded with seven rounds including one in the chamber.

Since January 1, 2015, TSA has found three firearms at YKM in carry-on bags during routine
screening at the security checkpoint. The first firearm was discovered in mid-March. It was a
loaded .380 caliber Ruger LCP semi-automatic pistol.

Nationwide in 2015, TSA has found more than 1,600 guns in carry-on bags at airport security
checkpoints with the majority of those firearms loaded. Nationwide, in 2014, TSA discovered
2,212 firearms at the security checkpoint.

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.

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.

Additional traveler information specifically related to the commercial air transport of firearms and
ammunition can be found at www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition. In
addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA reserves the right to levy a civil penalty of up to $7,500 for bringing a dangerous weapon like a firearm to the checkpoint. Each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

TSA reminds passengers to be aware of the contents of their carry-on bag prior to coming to the security checkpoint. TSA has multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not at all. For more information, visit www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items or use TSA’s mobile app – myTSA.
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