TSA officers find loaded gun in bag at Charleston airport

TSA officers find loaded gun in bag at Charleston airport

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Transportation Security Administration officers say they recovered a loaded handgun from Charleston International Airport last week.

According to the TSA, at 5 a.m. on Friday, a loaded .22 caliber gun was discovered in the carry-on bag of a passenger ticketed to fly to Philadelphia.

A Charleston County Aviation Authority Police Department officer responded to a checkpoint regarding a duress alarm. When the officer got to the checkpoint, a TSA supervisor pointed out an image of a derringer type firearm on the x-ray machine.

The officer said he confiscated the bag and found a .22 caliber Cobra gun loaded with two rounds which were all located in the middle zipper pocket of her carry-on bag.

The owner of the bag, 64-year-old Mary Ann Larkin of Santee, SC told the officer that the bag belonged to her and that she had forgotten to take her gun out of her bag.

Authorities say an NCIC check came back clear and that Larkin had a concealed weapons permit.

According to a police report, Larkin was on her way to Syracuse, NY for a family reunion. She was transported to the Charleston County Detention Center and released on a PR bond.

Last year TSA assessed more than $1.8 million in civil penalties for firearms discovered at security checkpoints.

TSA discovered 1,556 firearms at checkpoints nationwide in 2012.

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