Loaded firearms found in Oklahoma airports

Loaded firearms were found Monday at the Tulsa International Airport and on Tuesday at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, the Transportation Security Administration reported.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm •  Published: July 29, 2014
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Two firearms were found this week in Oklahoma’s two largest airports, the Transportation Security Administration reported Tuesday.

The first loaded firearm was found about 2:45 p.m. Monday at a TSA checkpoint at Tulsa International Airport. The second firearm was found about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at Will Rogers World Airport, TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said.

“Firearms and ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, are always prohibited at the TSA security checkpoint,” Harmon said.

In each incident, TSA agents alerted local police at the airport who took the firearms and interviewed the passengers. No names were released and it is unknown if arrests were made.

It was the 14th firearm found so far this year during TSA security screenings in Oklahoma City, and the 10th found this year in Tulsa, Harmon said.

Weapons may be transported in checked baggage if the traveler informs the airline representative at the ticket counter during the check-in process, but firearms must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-side case, Harmon said.

Local police departments determine if a passenger is to be arrested on any criminal complaints while TSA has the authority to levy a civil penalty of up to $11,000 against a passenger who brings a firearm to the checkpoint, Harmon said.

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