NEWARK, N.J. – For the second time this month, a man has been arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers detected a loaded handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.
Earlier this morning, Dec. 28, TSA officers detected a .25 caliber handgun in the man’s duffle bag as he entered one of the airport checkpoints. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the firearm. Per protocol, police were notified and the checkpoint lane was closed until the Port Authority Police arrived. Once on the scene, the police confiscated the gun and arrested the man on state weapons charges.
The gun was loaded with six bullets, including one in the chamber. The man told officials that he did not realize that he was carrying his loaded gun with him.
Nine days ago, on Dec. 19, a man was arrested after TSA officers caught him with a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a knapsack at one of the checkpoints at EWR.
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 $12,000.
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. 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.