AKRON, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Akron man is accused of carrying a loaded gun inside his carry-on bag at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Friday. Transportation Security Administration officers detected the gun in the X-ray machine.
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police confiscated the .25 caliber handgun, that was loaded with five rounds. The man was ticketed to fly to Hong Kong.
TSA officers confiscated three firearms at the Buffalo airport this year, and four last year. Nationwide, they detected more than 2,000 firearms this year.
The TSA is reminding travelers: Weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.