NEWARK, N.J. - A New York man was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday, June 14 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a gun in his carry-on bag.
TSA officers detected the .32 caliber firearm, which was loaded with six rounds of hollow-point bullets, as the man, a resident of Woodstock, NY, was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun among the man’s carry-on items as they passed along the conveyor belt.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Port Authority Police Department, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on a weapons charge. There was no impact to airport operations.
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.