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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edney Jan 11, 2022 03:31 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

https://health.ucdavis.edu/vprp/UCFC/Fact_Sheets/CSaWSBrief_InjPrev_Kravitz-Wirtz.pdf

Gun ownership and CA
1 in 4 live in a household with a gun

Living on the coast, we forget how rural some of CA is (rural people tend to own more guns, A hand gun and a rifle to be exact)

A number of people who own 10+ guns might be fetishists or collectors, but some probably have .22 handgun and long gun for cheap practice, different shotguns for different birds and/or sporting clay.
They may also have different rifles for different types of hunting etc and would prefer to be called "enthusiasts"

OGSB Jan 11, 2022 07:19 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Edney- Yeah, I have over 10 guns... Some are ones I bought for specific hunting/target shooting. Most are inherited from my father and grandfather. All are secured in gun safes. Everyone in my home knows how to safely handle and use a firearm. Traveling with a gun is a big deal! There's no way this person should own a gun. If you're so cavalier to forget you have it in a carry-on...? Seriously? I have traveled with firearms before for hunting and was super aware and stressed out the whole time! This is either on purpose or crazy negligence. Either way, remove their weapons! That's one "gun nut" opinion. Go ahead with the DV's!!

helena Jan 11, 2022 02:42 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

There is no mention as to whether packing this live 7-rounder in a carryon was an oversight or an intentional act. I doubt the person would cop to doing it knowingly even if it was. Either way, it represents an extremely dangerous act that could have led to potentially fatal consequences. Given the extreme air rage behaviors during this pandemic, I would prefer that anyone making this "mistake" be put on the no-fly list. That would put a stop to most of these "mistakes" in a hurry.

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

Someone leaves a firearm in their check-in bag, and some of you folks are losing it. This kind of thing happens allllll the time, and will continue to happen as more and more Americans feel unsafe and buying up handguns (and other guns as well) in record/record numbers. No one hurt. No one injured. Not a big deal to me, but then I'm not driven by my emotions. When you let your emotions get the best of you, then it's time to take a big breath of air and get out for a walk on the beach. Really, we live in a mostly beautiful city where you can enjoy life without all of the problems in places like Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and New York City. Again....Deeeeep Breath....walk on beach.....reeee-lax...enjoy yourself and know that you have no control over what someone else thinks or does. Now, breath in slowly......exhale....oh yeahhhhhhh!

sacjon Jan 11, 2022 02:08 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

BABY - crickets, eh? Yeah, it's fun to just waltz in and make grand proclamations and insults then run away when asked for reasoning or evidence. Grown ups are talking here though. Stay at the kids' table, m'kay champ?

Ahchooo Jan 11, 2022 02:04 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Baby cakes, frequent commenting sometimes just means a person is feeling chatty, or is enjoying the exercise of expressing themself. It doesn’t mean the commenter is “losing it.”

sacjon Jan 11, 2022 09:57 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

BABYCAKES - you're not reading the comments, are you? Not many are "losing it" over the actual situation here, but rather having a spirited debate with those defending his actions by excusing them as not a big deal.

ZeroHawk Jan 11, 2022 09:19 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

wow...this is a lot of "discussion" about some jerkwad "forgetting" he/she has a loaded firearm in their bag.
first, no you didn't forget. second, you're a self absorbed idiot of the highest order to do this. enjoy the criminal charge and loss of your gun rights. third, Chip wtf is wrong with you??? I hope you don't truly believe what you say. If so, you're a bigger part of the problem than most. Pitmix....really dude?
There is NO valid excuse or reason to carry a weapon aboard a flight unless you're a US Marshall. None at all. Also, Chip, the supreme court isn't going to ....ugh why do i even bother think what you want in your weird little conservative planet that you live on.

a-1641892026 Jan 11, 2022 01:07 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

October 2021
"Airline passengers are bringing guns to the airport in numbers never seen before, and it is a "huge problem," the Transportation Security Administration chief told CNN.

Security and law enforcement officials are at the same time dealing with an unprecedented surge in belligerent passengers who are straining the systems designed to keep air travel safe.
"We've had many more incidences where there are passenger disturbances both in checkpoints and onboard aircraft. That makes it more important that there are no guns involved," TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in an interview.
TSA reports catching 4,650 firearms at checkpoints in the first 10 months of the year -- a majority of which were loaded. That number surpasses the full-year record of 4,432, set in 2019."
https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/13/politics/tsa-guns/index.html

a-1641877567 Jan 10, 2022 09:06 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Nobody who is safety conscious (but still unconscious enough to own a handgun) would get a Glock. They are the poster child for accidental discharge because the safety is incorporated into the trigger, making it a nice single point failure if anything, say a pencil in a carry on bag, catches the trigger.

Basicinfo805 Jan 10, 2022 06:52 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Wow, yeah Pitmix you might wanna rethink that comment! Or not? Indeed, how does one not remember that they’re carrying a loaded forearm onto an aircraft?

#Come on man award for Pitmix today!

PitMix Jan 11, 2022 09:21 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

You keep your gun in a bag in your closet. Also some of your travel gear. You take it with you while you are driving around just in case you have to shoot it out with some hostiles. Then when you need to travel by plane, you don't think twice about what you have in the bag.

As the saying goes- No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

a-1641865870 Jan 10, 2022 05:51 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

What I should have said isn’t to outlaw guns, but to have safety test, similar to a driver’s license, as a requirement for ownership. This maroon doesn’t appear to be part of a well regulated militia, and if he was, he should be kicked out for stupidity.

edney Jan 10, 2022 03:19 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Its legal to check an unloaded gun into your luggage to be stowed in the baggage compartment.
Usually people have no magazine in the gun, lock through the chamber so it cannot be loaded, in a locked case.
People grab the wrong bag, and/or they don't empty the bag before packing. That happens accidentally over 3000 times a year.
If the gun is loaded with a chambered round, the fine is over $13,000
"TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz says the surge in gun confiscations is partially because more people own guns and also because many are flying for the first time since the start of the pandemic. “They are leaving home in a stressed state without focusing on exactly where their gun is,” Koshetz says. Even in accidental cases, Koshetz says the “danger of this trend is amplified by the fact that many of the loaded weapons also have a round chambered, and an accidental discharge could have tragic results.”

EastBeach Jan 11, 2022 12:12 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

Just what this country needs ... stressed airline passengers carrying with chambered rounds. No wonder a friend who works/flies for Alaska Airlines decided to call it quits.

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.

FondofSB Jan 11, 2022 01:56 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

à Marcelk :
Inform yourself about what you're talking about.
Her PUBLIC comments about Covid and Vaccination were TOTALLY RIDICULOUS as well as completely FALSE.
If you're happy with Justices who have NO IDEA what they're talking about : good luck to you ! Doesn't fit on the Supreme Court as far as I'm concerned

a-1641936237 Jan 11, 2022 01:23 PM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

If she did that Marcelk she would have commented on the law and constitutional principles rather than repeating gross misinformation from the bench like 100,000 children are hospitalized for covid (under 3,000 is accurate).

MarcelK Jan 11, 2022 04:53 AM
Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on at Santa Barbara Airport

7:16 Yeah, being intelligent, informed, honest, and caring what the law and constitutional principles actually say is "low" in your view because it doesn't conform to your ideology.

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.

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?

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 09:07 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 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 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."

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