Loaded Gun Found at Santa Barbara Airport
(Photo: SB County)
A loaded handgun was found inside a female passenger's carry-on bag at the Santa Barbara Airport last Friday.
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer discovered the gun during a routine screening on February 9 at 4:30 p.m., reports KEYT News.
The officer contacted Santa Barbara Airport Patrol and discovered the gun was a 9mm Glock 43 pistol that was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition and one in the chamber.
The female passenger was traveling to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Federal TSA rules state the traveler must declare each firearm when presented for transport. Regulations also state:
"Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock unless TSA personnel request the key to open the firearm container to ensure compliance with TSA regulations.
Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage."
The woman was cited, the gun was confiscated, and she was allowed to continue her flight to Phoenix.