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TSA Finds 2 Loaded Handguns at Logan Airport Checkpoint

Officials say the firearms are fifth and sixth ones TSA officers have found so far this year

Transportation Security Administration officials at Boston's Logan Airport say two more loaded handguns were found at checkpoints over the weekend. The guns found Sunday mark the fifth and sixth found by officers so far this year.

Authorities said an Arizona man was stopped with a 9 mm handgun that was loaded with six bullets and a New Hampshire man was stopped with a 9 mm handgun loaded with six bullets, including one in the chamber.

TSA officials said the New Hampshire man also had a loaded clip with seven additional bullets.

Officers, who spotted the guns in the X-ray machines, contacted Massachusetts State Police, who arrived, confiscated the guns and detained the men in each separate incident.

The Arizona man was arrested on weapons violations. The New Hampshire man was cited on weapons charges. Neither of the men have been identified.

Officials said passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked bagged if they are properly packaged and declared. The firearms must be unloaded and packed separately from ammunition.

In 2018, 21 firearms were discovered at Logan Airport checkpoints while 14 were found in 2017.

The TSA said anyone who brings firearms to checkpoints is subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement of up to $13,000. Details on how to properly travel with a firearm can be found on the TSA's website.

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