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Monroe County man caught with a gun at Greater Rochester International Airport

Local Press Release
Friday, September 25, 2015
Firearm detected by TSA officers at Greater Rochester International Airport

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A Monroe County man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) checkpoint yesterday, Sept. 24, when they detected a gun in his carry-on bag.  

Yesterday’s gun catch marks the fifth firearm that TSA officers have detected at the airport’s checkpoint so far this calendar year. Last year, TSA officers detected three guns at the ROC checkpoint.

TSA officers detected the loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the man’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, which responded and confiscated the gun, which was loaded with six rounds, including one in the chamber.

The traveler, a resident of East Rochester, N.Y., claimed that he did not know that the gun was in his carry-on bag because his wife packed it.

This incident serves as a reminder that 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. 

Weapons—including 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. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

For more information about prohibited items, please check the prohibited items list and the traveling with firearms page. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

TSA screens nearly 2 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.

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