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TSA discovers loaded firearm at Memphis International Airport

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at a Memphis International Airport (MEM) checkpoint Sunday morning. 

At approximately 9 a.m. July 20, a loaded .40 Smith & Wesson was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag. TSA immediately alerted airport police, who took possession of the bag and cited the passenger on local charges.

While firearms may be transported in checked baggage — provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded — they are prohibited in carry-on bags.