TSA stops passenger with loaded gun at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Another gun was prevented from making its way onboard an airplane at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) on Monday, Sept. 14. 

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers spotted the image of a handgun around 11:20 a.m., on the x-ray screen during a routine screening of carry-on luggage. 

A Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to the TSA checkpoint, confiscated the firearm, which was loaded with seven rounds and one in the chamber, and issued a citation.

“It’s extremely disappointing that passengers continue to bring firearms to the airport checkpoint,” Wisconsin TSA Federal Security Director Mark Lendvay said. “Even when it’s done unintentionally, this is unsafe and can seriously slow or shut down security screening until the police resolve the incident.”

The Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport says this year there has been a total of 18 guns retrieved. In 2019 there was a total of 16, and in 2020 there was a total of 10. 

TSA may impose civil penalties of up to $13,910 per violation per person. A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed separately from ammunition in a locked hardback case and declared at the airline check-in counter. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should check for firearm laws in the jurisdictions they are flying to and from.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website HERE

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