(HOUSTON) — A loaded gun was seized at a security checkpoint at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport on Monday.
Transportation Security Administration officers at IAH said the .380-caliber Smith & Wesson Bodyguard firearm was found around 9:45 a.m. during an X-ray of a passenger’s carry-on bag at the South checkpoint in Terminal C.
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TSA officials said the gun was loaded with six rounds. They notified the Houston Police Department, which took possession of the firearm and interviewed the passenger.
The passenger was later cleared to fly.
In 2013, TSA officers found 1,813 firearms at security checkpoints around the country.
Firearms and ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, are always prohibited in carry-on bags. These items can be transported in checked baggage if the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container. TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.
TSA has the authority to levy a civil penalty against a passenger who brings a firearm to the checkpoint.