Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

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A loaded gun was found in the carry-on luggage of a traveler at Santa Barbara Airport on Sunday evening, reports KEYT News.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stated at around 4:20 a.m., the 9 mm Glock handgun was discovered during an X-ray screening. It was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition in the carry-on bag of a person traveling to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

TSA reported it to the Santa Barbara Police Department who contacted and interviewed the unnamed traveler, who is expected to face state charges for carrying a concealed weapon, according to KEYT.

TSA rules state travelers are allowed to travel with firearms that are unloaded and safely packed in checked luggage. The firearm and/or ammunition must be declared to the airline when checking the bag at the ticket counter. The container must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted.

Additionally, travelers must comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments. Full details from the TSA concerning traveling with a firearm can be found here.

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RHS Jan 10, 2022 12:58 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

A record year for TSA seizure of firearms in airport security checks (well over 5,000). 85% of the guns were loaded! Most seizures are at, surprise, Atlanta, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston. The gun fetish thing is pretty remarkable. I am thankful for TSA in this context. Imagine how the unmasked folks also setting records for attacking airline personnel who ask them to comply with the rules might behave if they had their gun at hand. (And, yes, l do think the anti-mask crowd is pretty closely matched to the gun toter crowd.)

sacjon Jan 10, 2022 02:07 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

RHS - for the most part, the "anti-mask crowd" IS the "gun toter crowd." I know many anti-vaxxers here and around the country and every, single, solitary one of them is also a card-carrying "gun toter." It's the "old west" mentality. Freedumbs!

Chip of SB Jan 10, 2022 02:31 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Yes sac, freedom is dumb. We should retire the bill of rights and empower the government to play a larger role in our lives. We will all be safer, healthier, and happier without so called “civil liberties” preventing the government from helping us.

sacjon Jan 10, 2022 02:50 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

CHIP - No, freedom is not dumb, but refusing to wear a mask on an airplane is dumb. Refusing to get vaccinated and demand that people allow you to be in close contact with them is dumb. Packing a loaded Glock in your carry on is dumb. Defending (through sarcasm) these actions as expressions of "civil liberties" is..... guess what I'm going to say.

Chip of SB Jan 10, 2022 03:10 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Sac, your beliefs are obviously more reasoned and more correct than the beliefs of other people. Imposing YOUR beliefs on others would be so wonderful that it would justify cancelling the bill of rights in order to compel everyone to comport with you worldview. However, there is a risk. What if all the “dumb” people you are talking about turned the tables on you and used the same power against you. You would no longer enjoy the freedom make your own choices. Can you imagine if you were forbidden by law from wearing a mask on plane, or even outdoors in public spaces? Even worse, can you image if the “freedumbers” outlawed covid vaccines and you were unable to get a booster shot ever again? At least in our system of governance you can do what you know is best for yourself, even if you can’t force others to do the same.

Chip of SB Jan 10, 2022 04:38 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

The circumstances dictate whether carrying a loaded gun on a plane is a good idea or not. It’s an easy mistake to make for those who carry concealed. Depending on the circumstances I don’t think the punishment should be much more than asking someone to go put their firearm in a checked bag and then come back to board their flight. In addition, think it’s counterproductive to prohibit off duty law enforcement from carrying on planes. As far as masks go, I don’t think wearing masks will prevent you from getting covid. No matter how much you wear your mask, you are going to be exposed to covid. I hope your case is mild/asymptomatic.

yacht rocked Jan 10, 2022 04:56 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Geeze, Chip. If you have to ask someone on a plane to deplane, retrieve their luggage, stow their weapon, and reboard while everyone else is delayed, well that sucks. And if the person with the weapon has been downing a few brewskis in the airport lounge, do you really want to be the person who has to deal with that guy? Nice fantasy life you got going there. Let us know how it turns out.

a-1641862964 Jan 10, 2022 05:02 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

4:38 When the circumstances are that it's a serious violation of the law, and endangers others, as is the case if it involves firearms, then the perpetrator should be prosecuted to the maximum. It's called being responsible for one's actions. Actions have consequences. Sound familiar? Or is this just another double standard you maintain as for the "tourist" visits on January 6?

And you are once again spreading lies about masks. Par for the course.

dukemunson Jan 10, 2022 08:50 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Sac - I’m not anti vax but am obviously quite critical of all things related to Covid hysteria. That being said I’m also a big proponent of making gun restrictions stronger. We have (and worship) guns to a terrifying and insane degree in the US. So I guess I represent a small subset… anti guns and anti blanket mask mandates.

a-1641891903 Jan 11, 2022 01:05 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Chip, "It’s an easy mistake to make for those who carry concealed"?!!
What about "responsible gun ownership"? What about being careful? What about following federal law when flying?
Hard to believe you're justifying this crime by saying it's an easy mistake to make.

a-1641893094 Jan 11, 2022 01:24 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Chip, doesn't the LAW, rather than the circumstances, dictate whether carrying a loaded gun on a plane is a good idea or not?
I'm shaking my head in disbelief at your statements/arguments/justifications.

MarcelK Jan 11, 2022 05:15 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

"your beliefs are obviously more reasoned and more correct than the beliefs of other people"

Certainly more so than those of *some* other people ... lookin' at you, kid.

"cancelling the bill of rights"

There ya go. You're not even talking about the Bill of Rights, you're talking about Scalia's opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, bought and paid for by the NRA, that went against all established fact and law.

Here's James Madison's original draft of the Second Amendment: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, a well-armed and well-regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.” Militia, security, military service, religion ... what? Wait ... what's that bit about conscientious objectors doing there? Ah, it's because "bearing arms" meant carrying weapons into war:

https://www.etymonline.com/word/arm

""weapon," c. 1300, armes (plural) "weapons of a warrior," from Old French armes (plural), "arms, weapons; war, warfare" (11c.), from Latin arma "weapons" (including armor), literally "tools, implements (of war)," from PIE *ar(ə)mo-, suffixed form of root *ar- "to fit together." The notion seems to be "that which is fitted together."

Meaning "branch of military service" is from 1798, hence "branch of any organization" (by 1952). Meaning "heraldic insignia" (in coat of arms, etc.) is early 14c., from Old French; originally they were borne on shields of fully armed knights or barons. To be up in arms figuratively is from 1704; to bear arms "do military service" is by 1640s."

See, "arms" was not a synonym for "guns" ... the word for that was "fire-arm". And what about "keep"? Where were arms kept? Oh, that's right ... in *armories*.

chico berkeley Jan 11, 2022 09:53 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

You are really confused.
Trying to SECOND guess what the founding fathers were trying to say is nonsense.
The constitution is not some "fluid" document.
Resorting to a bunch of words that don't even mean the same thing anymore.
All I did was read the "stretch of your imagination",because you are so full of hate for people who take care of themselve,THAT is lunacy.
Now, go ahead and make some snotty remark about some obscure thing so you can win this conversation.
Waiting....
P.S. would have been nice if someone "packing" was on those planes on 911.
Unlike some posters here, I don't get paid to ignore and belittle the constitution.
It's more than obvious.

a-1641935436 Jan 11, 2022 01:10 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

9:53 _ Claiming that the constitution is not a "fluid" document, and then ignoring what the words meant at the time it was written is a great example of cognitive dissonance. And what's that nonsense about getting "paid to ignore and belittle"? It's more than obvious that you choose to ignore the meaning of "well regulated militia".

ZeroHawk Jan 11, 2022 04:48 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Chip all you're doing is blowing your "I HAVE A RIGHT TO OWN A GUN" trumpet and no one gives a damn. chew on this fat for a while. you do not have a right to possess a loaded fire arm on a commercial flight. i know that's really hard to wrap your mind around. i mean...sheesh how dare they...

ZeroHawk Jan 11, 2022 04:50 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

CHIP...it's NOT a good idea. are you trying to get your name blacklisted with TSA? I'm sure they would love to hear your reasoning and defense for carrying a firearm on a plane. how about we make a call to DHS together and i'll wait with you?

dukemunson Jan 13, 2022 08:11 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Sac - I truly think the problem with America right now is how many people (on both sides) are “all or nothing” about every single thing!! Life we’ve become partisan to the point where people think they are betraying their side if they don’t blindly agree with every single thing. It’s scary, staggering and sad. There are tangible things we can (mostly) all agree on… and gun reform is a huge one! Fortunately we all rounded the corner and realized schools had to stay open (obviously a big one on my end)… but let’s get there too on guns. Having less (and less powerful) guns is a win for all… and all of our kids and grandkids!!!

Babycakes Jan 10, 2022 01:38 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

2021 was a banner year for firearm sales. The expectation is that 2022 will most likely easily surpass 2021. Even the good citizens of San Francisco are buying handguns in droves. Lotta guns out there...be careful people and take an NRA safety class!!!

Channelfog Jan 11, 2022 04:36 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

"The data" is skewed as every single firearm injury is documented where as crime thwarted by an armed citizen is not tabulated. Cops say, "God job." and no reports are filed. I'm very glad my 87 year old grandfather was armed when alone and attacked on the farm.

a-1641934788 Jan 11, 2022 12:59 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

4:36 AM is just spreading more fog, typical of his "I believe only what I want to believe" attitude and reliance on anecdote. Decades of handgun studies found that the FUD about people merely brandishing firearms and scaring away assailants were grossly exaggerated by the NRA propagandists. They also found that wherever you were, urban or rural, owning a handgun meant you and your immediate family were in more danger than if you didn't have one.

sacjon Jan 10, 2022 02:05 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

PIT - do you think this was accidental? If so, that is terrifying. Who packs a loaded gun into their carry-on bag unintentionally? Answer: Someone who is extremely careless (or intoxicated) and shouldn't own a gun in the first place.

pstarSR Jan 10, 2022 03:45 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

who stores a loaded firearm in a piece of luggage? Murphys law pretty much NEVER applies to firearms cause you are supposed to be a responsible owner.

gezzus this isnt forgetting your socks, its a loaded weapon. murphy? murphy?

Zenyatta19 Jan 10, 2022 07:58 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

No one does this by accident. You don’t just forget a loaded Glock in your carry on. Also there are 50 signs telling you what can’t be in there and that’s clear on the sign. If this person was too cheap to check a bag and thought they could sneak it through they are too dumb to own a gun. And who the hell goes to SB airport at 4:00am?

sacjon Jan 10, 2022 08:57 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

DOULIE - One shouldn't carry a gun, it's 2022 and we're a "civilized" country. Other than that, what's your point? I don't care if it's loaded or not, it's a childish thing to do and is the exact reason we need stricter gun laws. Anyone who does this, has no business owning a gun, period. This is illegal. So much for another "law abiding gun owner."

doulie Jan 11, 2022 07:59 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

SAC - My point is, for the passenger, legal to carry or not, it's quite dumb for a person to carry an unloaded gun if it's to be used as a defensive weapon. Forgetful or not, the passenger screwed up by leaving it in their baggage and will have to answer for this. If allowed to carry, and needed, what does a person do with an unloaded gun? Throw the gun at a suspect? You might want to advertise throughout the country we are "civilized" and people should no longer use their guns during homicides, assaults, robberies, carjackings, etc., etc. Please explain how legally carrying a gun is "childish."
How would you make the gun law "stricter?"

sacjon Jan 11, 2022 09:07 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

DOULIE - yes, I agree an unloaded gun is useless, but still not sure how that matters here. How is packing a loaded gun into your carry-on bag "childish?" Uh..... because it's not something that a rational, responsible adult would do. Or maybe, to think they "need protection" whilst on a plane is childish and indicative of a paranoid outlook wherein the gun owner thinks they're some kind of super hero or something. It's certainly not exhibitive of a responsible adult mindset. How to make it "stricter?" Easy. For an offense like this, mandatory jail time and confiscation of any firearms and rights to purchase firearms for a period of time. Give our gun laws some teeth to deter stupidity like this. It IS possible to change, you just have to try.

doulie Jan 11, 2022 09:37 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

SAC - I doubt we'd (ever) find a "child" place a loaded gun in their carry on luggage. You can label this act in many ways, "childish" is not one of them. How about we wait and learn exactly why this gun was in the carry on luggage rather than speculate? You ever do something not expected of "a rational, responsible" adult?

sacjon Jan 11, 2022 09:53 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

DOULIE - I've done plenty of "childish" things as an adult, but that has positively, absolutely zero, nothing, nada, to do with this situation. Adult logic. So, in what situation would this be anything other than irresponsible? What circumstances would you approve of?

a-1641932148 Jan 11, 2022 12:15 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Doulie -Yes if you’re traveling on a plane, train, bus etc and feel the need to bring your gun with you , it should be unloaded, locked up and declared. Imagine if some nut opened fire on an airplane? This person should be prosecuted to send a message to other idiots.

Chip of SB Jan 10, 2022 01:59 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

It’s interesting the individual will face state charges for carrying a concealed weapon. California’s laws prohibiting the carry of concealed weapons and the carry of firearms as a general proposition may be struck down by the Supreme Court in the months ahead.

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