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Woman tries to bring loaded handgun onto plane at General Mitchell airport

This handgun and loaded magazine were detected by TSA officers in a passenger’s carry-on bag at General Mitchell International Airport on Sept. 15. (TSA photo
Posted at 4:11 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 17:11:31-04

MILWAUKEE — A woman tried to bring a loaded .38 handgun onto a plane at General Mitchell International Airport before TSA officers stopped her in her tracks.

Around 6 a.m. Tuesday, a TSA officer noticed that the handgun was in the woman's handbag. The officials alerted the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, and a deputy soon arrived and confiscated the weapon.

According to the TSA, passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packed in a hardback case, unloaded and declared at the airline check-in counter.

A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a TSA checkpoint is $4,100, and can go as high as $13,669.

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