Officers with the Transportation Security Administration at the Boise Airport announced today that they recently discovered a loaded firearm at the security checkpoint—the fourth firearm TSA agents have discovered this year in a carry-on bag at the airport.
The incident occurred June 14, when TSA agents said they discovered a .380 caliber Ruger, loaded with six rounds. The owner, 31-year-old Mia Gussie of Meridian, was ticketed for travel to San Francisco. She held a valid concealed weapons permit, but she was cited for attempting to bring a weapon aboard an aircraft. The weapon was taken into police custody.
Nationwide over a three-day period, spanning June 14 through June 16, 26 firearms were detected in carry-on bags at security checkpoints. Since January 1, more than 750 handguns have been found during routine screening of carry-ons at airports across the country.
Firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage, but unloaded weapons may be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares the firearms to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.