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Eppley TSA officers seize gun from Omaha man at security checkpoint

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 12:25:24-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Transportation Security Administration says a gun was confiscated from an Omaha man after he entered a checkpoint X-ray machine with it on his person at Eppley Airfield.

After the gun was found, Omaha Airport Authority Police confiscated the gun and questioned the man who said he forgot he had the loaded weapon with him.

“If you own a firearm, it is smart to know where it is at all times,” said Michael Fowler, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Nebraska. “Travelers should never bring a gun to a checkpoint. The safe way to travel with a gun is to make sure it is unloaded and packed in a hard-sided case. Then put a lock on the case and take it to the airline check-in counter to declare that you want to fly with it. The airline representative will make sure that the firearm is stored in the belly of the plane so that nobody has access to it during the flight.”

The TSA reserves the right to issue a civil penalty to travelers with guns at checkpoints, even if they have a concealed carry permit. You can find more information about those penalties here.