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TSA stops woman with loaded handgun at Appleton International Airport

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 14:36:28-04

APPLETON — On Friday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stopped a woman at the Appleton International Airport after they found a loaded handgun in her bag.

The gun was a loaded .38 caliber handgun and it was in a passenger's carry-on bag lining, according to TSA.

As soon as officers discovered the gun, they contacted the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, who then sent a deputy to confiscate the weapon.

“Under no circumstances should a passenger bring a firearm to an airport security checkpoint,” said Mark Lendvay Wisconsin’s TSA Federal Security Director. “Passengers who wish to travel with a firearm, permissible in a checked bag only, should check with their airline and review TSA’s rules before coming to the airport.”

According to TSA, "typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100 and can go as high as $13,669 depending on any mitigating circumstances."

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