Officers found a loaded firearm Wednesday morning at the Boise Airport as a woman made her way through the security checkpoint.
The firearm, a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition, is the 20th gun found this year by Boise’s Transportation Security Administration officers in a carry-on bag.
A TSA officer found the gun at 5:10 a.m. in the bag of a female passenger ticketed for travel to Phoenix International Airport. Upon seeing the image of the firearm on the X-ray screen, TSA notified the Boise Police Department.
The incident marked the second firearm discovered this month. On Aug. 10, a TSA officer discovered a loaded Springfield Arms XDS in the carry-on bag of a male passenger ticketed for travel to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
In 2016, TSA officers at the Boise Airport discovered 18 guns in carry-on baggage.
So far in 2017, TSA officers nationwide have discovered more than 2,300 firearms in passengers’ carry-on bags. During all of 2016, TSA officers found 3,391 firearms at security checkpoints across the country.
Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. Those 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. TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.
In addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA reserves the right to levy a civil penalty of up to $7,500 for bringing a dangerous weapon like a firearm to the checkpoint. Each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
TSA has multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not at all.