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TSA discovers loaded firearm in MEM passenger’s carry-on bag

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

At approximately 9 a.m. yesterday, a loaded .40 caliber Smith and 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.