Loaded gun found in airport passenger’s bag

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A loaded gun was found in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Memphis International Airport.

Authorities tells us that TSA alerted airport police and took possession of a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson hand gun.

The passenger was arrested and charged Sunday.

While firearms may be transported in checked bags, they are prohibited in carry-on bags.

TSA spokesperson Mark Howell told us, “Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint.”

“Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

This is the eleventh firearm discovered at a security checkpoint by TSA officers at MEM this year.

A total of 18 firearms were found at MEM checkpoints in 2013.

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