Loaded gun found in passenger's carry-on bag at Boise Airport

jsowell@idahostatesman.comMay 6, 2014 

This loaded Czech CZ-70 pistol was found inside a Boise Airport passenger's carry-on bag Tuesday morning. Guns may only be transported in checked luggage and they must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided case.

TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

For the second time in less than a week, a loaded pistol was found Tuesday in a carry-on bag of a passenger flying out from the Boise Airport.

The weapon was spotted during an X-ray examination of the carry-on bag at the airport's security checkpoint at about 9:30 a.m., said Lorie Dankers, a Seattle-based spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration.

The gun was a .32-caliber Czech CZ-70 pistol and was loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, including one in the chamber, Dankers said.

The passenger, 38-year-old Nathan W. Corson of Boise, was headed to San Francisco. Boise police were called to the checkpoint after the gun was discovered.

Corson was cited for having a firearm in a restricted area, a misdemeanor. The weapon was kept by the police for use as evidence, but the owner will be able to reclaim it later.

Besides a possible criminal fine, Corson will also face a civil penalty from the TSA. The recommended civil penalty ranges from $3,000 to $7,500, with the actual amount determined on a case-by-case basis.

"The No. 1 rule for gun owners is to know where your weapon is at all times," Denkers said. "We're not saying you can't bring weapons with you, but they have to be transported properly."

Firearms cannot be brought aboard a plane in carry-on bags. They must be placed in checked baggage unloaded and declared to the airline. In addition, they must be stored in a locked, hard-sided case.

On Thursday, Nampa resident William Kingston was cited for having a .45-caliber Springfield semi-automatic pistol in a carry-on bag, also at the Boise Airport. He was on his way to Salt Lake City.

Tuesday's incident was the fifth loaded firearm found this year at the Boise Airport security checkpoint. Ten guns were confiscated last year and eight in 2012.

Nationwide, more than 1,800 guns were discovered at airport checkpoints.

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