MILWAUKEE — A woman was stopped from carrying a loaded gun through Mitchell International Airport security on Thursday, officials say.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said the .380 caliber handgun was found in the woman's carry-on bag as she tried to pass through security. The gun was loaded and had a magazine with seven bullets.
“The holiday travel season is coming up soon and we are reminding travelers to be mindful of the whereabouts of their firearms,” said Wisconsin’s TSA Federal Security Director Mark Lendvay. “The safety and security of all remain our top priority. The detection of firearms and prohibited items at the airport security checkpoints can cause delays and can lead to travelers missing their flights."
The TSA says a first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100.
This is the 10th firearm detected in Milwaukee this year, the TSA said. A total of 16 were detected at MKE last year.