Police confiscate handgun from Upstate woman’s carry-on bag at Syracuse airport

Syracuse, N.Y. — Transportation Security Administration officers at Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport Saturday confiscated a .22 caliber handgun from a woman’s carry-on luggage, officials said.

The Utica woman told police that she had forgotten the gun was in the bag she brought to the airport, said Syracuse Police Sgt. Richard Helterline.

After consulting with the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, there was no arrest made in this incident, Helterline said. Police declined to release the woman’s name.

The weapon, described as an “antique firearm” was secured by Syracuse police  for safekeeping until the woman is able to add it to her pistol license, Helterline said in an email.

TSA officers stopped the woman as she was entering a checkpoint when they detected the handgun in her carry-on as it passed along the conveyor belt, the TSA said in a news release.

Police were called to the checkpoint, where they confiscated the firearm, the TSA said.

Individuals who show up with weapons at airport checkpoints cause the checkpoint lane to come to a halt until police arrive and handle the situation.

“This is a prime example of the importance of dedicated officers from the TSA performing their detection duties and preventing a handgun from being brought onto a plane,” said Bart Johnson, TSA’s Upstate New York Federal Security Director.

Weapons – including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition – are not permitted in carry-on bags. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site.

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