TSA stopped two men with guns at Greater Rochester International Airport on Monday

Two incidents not believed to be related
Local Press Release
Monday, June 12, 2017

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Two upstate New York residents were stopped by the Transportation Security Administration after TSA officers detected guns in the men’s carry-on bags at Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) earlier today, Monday, June 12. The incidents are not believed to be related.

A Hemlock, New York, man was found to be in possession of a 9 mm gun that was loaded with seven bullets plus a magazine loaded with seven more bullets when TSA officers spotted the gun in the checkpoint X-ray machine early this morning. A few hours later, a Newark, New York, man was found to be in possession of an unloaded handgun along with a magazine that contained six bullets, also as the carry-on bag entered the security checkpoint X-ray machine.   

In each instance, when the TSA officers spotted the guns in the checkpoint X-ray machine, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was contacted, responded to the checkpoint and took possession of the firearms. There was no impact to airport operations.

These are the first two guns that TSA officers at ROC have spotted at the checkpoint so far this year. No guns were detected at the airport’s checkpoint in 2016.

“These incidents bring to light the critical role that the Transportation Security Administration, and the dedication of the officers assigned to the Greater Rochester International Airport, demonstrate in protecting the flying public—by keeping loaded firearms from being allowed onto a plane,” said TSA Upstate New York Federal Security Director Bart Johnson. “It is also a stark reminder of the importance that passengers play in making sure that they stop and think about what they have in their carry-on bags to ensure that they do not bring any prohibited items to an airport checkpoint.”

TSA Firearms Catches at Greater Rochester International Airport


Number of Firearms Caught in 2013

Number of Firearms Caught in 2014

Number of Firearms Caught in 2015

Number of Firearms Caught in 2016

Number of Firearms Caught to Date in 2017

Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)







As a reminder, 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. 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.

TSA’s website has details on how to properly travel with a firearm. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.