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11:19 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Guns Found At Tulsa and OKC Airports

Security Checkpoint at Tulsa International
Security Checkpoint at Tulsa International
Credit Matt Trotter/KWGS News / KWGS

The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at Will Rogers World Airport  in Oklahoma City this morning, as well as a loaded firearm at the Tulsa International Airport  yesterday. 

At approximately 6:30 a.m. at OKC, TSA discovered a 9mm Glock 26 firearm, loaded with 10 rounds, in a carry-on bag during checkpoint screening. On Monday, July 28, at  2:45 p.m., a 9mm Beretta Nano firearm, loaded with six rounds, was discovered by TSA during checkpoint screening at Tulsa. In both cases, per standard procedure, TSA alerted airport police. The PD at each airport took possessions of the weapons and interviewed the passengers.

“Firearms and ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, are always prohibited at the TSA security checkpoint,” said TSA spokesperson Carrie Harmon.

These items can be transported in checked baggage, provided 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.   

This is the 14th firearm discovered during checkpoint security screening at OKC so far this year, and the 10th at TUL. Nationwide, TSA officers have found more than 1,070 firearms at airport security checkpoints so far this year.

TSA has the authority to levy a civil penalty of up to $11,000 against a passenger who brings a firearm to the checkpoint