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Woman with loaded semi-automatic handgun in carry-on bag arrested at Buffalo airport

An Erie, Pa., woman was arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers screening luggage at Buffalo Niagara International airport saw a loaded, 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in a carry-on bag, TSA and NFTA Police said Friday.

TSA agents using a checkpoint X-ray machine spotted the weapon and contacted NFTA police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the weapon and arrested the woman on local weapons charges. The incident did not impact airport operations, officials said. They did not provide her name.

The gun, which was loaded with six bullets, was the first gun caught at the Buffalo airport. Last year, TSA officers found three firearms in carry-on bags.

“We want to remind individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint that they are subject to possible criminal charges,” NFTA Police Chief George Gast said in a statement about the airport incident.

The TSA also can assess civil penalties of up to $13,000. "A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900," TSA officials said in the statement.



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