Erie Woman Arrested for Loaded Gun at BNIA

9mm handgun found in woman's carry-on bag, says TSA

Tom Puckett
February 23, 2018 - 1:50 pm

Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) The TSA says an Erie, PA woman has been arrested after she was found to have a 9mm handgun in one of her bags this week at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

The TSA officer spotted the gun in the checkpoint x-ray machine, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police were contacted, responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the woman on local weapons charges. There was no impact to airport operations. The gun was loaded with six bullets.

“The bringing of a loaded firearm to the airport checkpoint is both dangerous and illegal,” TSA’s Upstate New York Federal Security Director Bart R. Johnson said. “Incidents such as these provide a stark reminder of the critical role the Transportation Security Adminstration plays in the protection of the flying public.  I would like to thank the prompt response of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police for their swift action.”

Wednesday’s gun catch was the first gun caught at the airport so far this calendar year. In 2017, TSA officers detected three firearms in carry-on bags at the airport.

“We want to remind individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint that they are subject to possible criminal charges,” NFTA Police Chief George Gast said. In addition, TSA has the authority to assess civil penalties of up to $13,000. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900

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