Handguns Seized At Boise Airport Security Checkpoint

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Handguns seized by TSA agents at Boise Airport security.
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Handguns seized by TSA agents at Boise Airport security.

Homeland Security officials reported the discovery of two handguns on June 6 at the security checkpoint of the Boise Airport, the fourth and fifth weapons found during routine screening in Boise this year.

Transportation Security officers discovered the weapons in a carry-on bag of a Phoenix-bound male passenger. The guns were taken into custody and the passenger was cleared to fly. The weapons were described as a Browning Belgium 32 caliber pistol and a Makarov 9 mm pistol.

Civil penalties for the discovery of unauthorized carry-on weapons run as high as $11,000 per incident. According to the TSA, security officers discovered more than 1,300 firearms in carry-on bags nationwide in 2011.

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