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Passenger with loaded handgun stopped at Cleveland Hopkins Airport

United Airlines jets at the D concourse of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. (Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer/TNS)

Officers with the Transportation Security Administration confiscated a loaded handgun Tuesday morning as a passenger went through the security check at Hopkins International Airport.

The handgun had 15 rounds of ammunition, according to a news release from the TSA. Additional ammunition was found in the bag.

The handgun’s owner told agents he uses the handgun at work and forgot it was in his bag. The passenger had a concealed carry permit. The unnamed passenger was turned over to Cleveland police.

It was the fifth firearm confiscated at Hopkins Airport during the month of August and the 13th this year. Twenty-six firearms were detected at Hopkins security checkpoints in 2019 and 18 in 2020.

A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100. Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed separately from ammunition in a locked hardback case and declared at the airline check-in counter.


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