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Gun found in carry-on luggage at Chattanooga airport

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A loaded Glock 27 was found by the TSA in the carry-on luggage of a passenger flying out of Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) early Saturday morning.

The Glock 27, along with 10 rounds – one of which was chambered is the 5th weapon to be discovered in carry-on luggage at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport this year.

Anyone who bring firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and could face criminal penalties.

Fines can range from $250 up to $11,000 for a single civil penalty for firearms brought to a security checkpoint.

TSA has intercepted firearms and other dangerous weapons at security checkpoints nationwide, with an average of 30 firearms per week in 2012. As of September of this year, TSA has detected 1,343 firearms at checkpoints across the nation.

TSA screens approximately 1.8 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. 

TSA takes the discovery of prohibited items seriously and urges all passengers to check the contents of their bags before leaving home to ensure they are not bringing any prohibited items to the airport including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition.

Firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.

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