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TSA finds unloaded gun in Bismarck traveler's carry-on

BISMARCK -- For the second time this year, a traveler at the Bismarck Airport tried to pack a gun in carry-on luggage.

The .22 caliber handgun was unloaded when the man traveling from Bismarck to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport attempted to take it through security at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Upon seeing the image of the firearm on the X-ray screen, TSA notified an airport law enforcement officer who responded to the security checkpoint.

The TSA may levy a civil penalty from $3,920 to $9,800 against the passenger.

“Today’s discovery is a good reminder to all travelers that transportation of firearms in carry-on luggage is never allowed,” said David Durgan, Federal Security Director for North Dakota. “The rules for traveling with a firearm are straightforward and we strongly encourage passengers to take a few minutes to refresh their knowledge of the proper procedures.”

Firearms can be transported on a commercial aircraft only if they are unloaded, packed in a locked, hard-sided case and placed in checked baggage. Ammunition and firearm parts, including firearm frames, receivers, clips and magazines also are prohibited in carry-on baggage and must be checked. At the airport during the check-in process, a passenger needs to go to the airline ticket counter to declare the firearm, ammunition and any firearm parts.