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TSA officers seize gun at Gerald Ford International Airport

Posted at 6:03 PM, Nov 02, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Transportation Security Administration officials stopped a man from carrying a loaded gun and a magazine with 10 bullets onto a plane at Gerald Ford International Airport on Sunday.

An officer found the gun in the Grand Rapids man’s carry-on bag about 5:30 a.m., according to a news release.

The TSA immediately alerted police and a responding officer took the gun and escorted the man away from the checkpoint.

This is the third firearm found at Gerald Ford International Airport this year.

“Firearms and prohibited items continue to be detected at airport security checkpoints during this pandemic,” said Roger Dubuc, Grand Rapids TSA federal security director. “Our sharp TSA officers remain vigilant while the safety and security of all travelers remain our top priority.”

Travelers who bring guns to checkpoints face civil penalties.

A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun to a checkpoint is $4,100, according to the TSA.