Ex-cop owns gun confiscated at Dayton International Airport

Gun confiscated at Dayton International Airport. (Photo/Transportation Security Administration)
Gun confiscated at Dayton International Airport. (Photo/Transportation Security Administration)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Transportation Security Administration says it discovered a loaded gun inside a passenger’s carry-on luggage at Dayton International Airport.

The TSA says it discovered the weapon just before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The gun is identified as a loaded Ruger 380.

A Dayton police report indicates that the man who had the weapon is former police officer with the Dayton Police Department and a retired investigator with the Montomery County Coroner’s Office.

The report goes on to say that the man told investigators he forgot the gun was in the carry-on luggage.  It says the man was apologetic and told security exactly where to find the gun inside the bag.  He also confirmed that he a license to carry a concealed weapon.

The TSA says while firearms can be transported in checked baggage as long as they are aware of it, they are not allowed in carry-on bags.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

This is the second firearm discovered at security checkpoint at the Dayton airport this year.

Only one firearm was found in 2013.

The case against the former police officer was handed over to prosecutors to consider any charges.  The man was ultimately allowed to continue on his flight once the investigators were satisfied that there no threat.

According to the TSA web site, meat cleavers, box cutters, ice picks and swords are all allowed if you check them.  You can also take knives as long as they’re checked and as long as they are not plastic or rounded butter knives.

There is also a slew of sporting equipment you can take with you, but it too must be checked.  Flare guns can also go with you, but not the flares.

Items like gun lighters, gun powder, dynamite, fireworks and grenades are prohibited.

To see the list, visit the TSA online.

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