NEWARK, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man was detained at Newark Liberty International Airport Saturday morning, April 2, after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a gun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.
TSA officers detected a .38 caliber revolver in the Middletown, New Jersey, man’s carry-on bag as he was passing through one of the airport checkpoints. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun in the man’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. The gun was unloaded.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Port Authority Police Department, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and detained the man and his wife for questioning. The couple claimed that the bag belonged to a recently deceased relative and that neither of them was familiar with the bag’s contents.
As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000.
Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.