Montgomery County Man Arrested After TSA Catches Him With Gun, Ammunition at Philadelphia International Airport

TSA officers detected this revolver in a Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, man’s carry-on bag on July 17. (TSA photo)

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers prevented a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, man from carrying a .22 caliber handgun along with 22 bullets onto his flight on Saturday, July 17, at Philadelphia International Airport.

“We’re seeing a rash of guns and ammunition being brought to our checkpoints,” said Gerardo Spero, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport. “This is not the wild, wild west. Travelers need to take care to pack their firearms properly for transport. If you’re not sure if an item is permitted to be carried onto an airplane, there are many ways to find out via TSA’s website,, via TSA’s myTSA app, and via TSA’s Twitter account, @AskTSA. However, it should be obvious that guns are not allowed to be carried onto a flight.”

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When TSA officers spotted the gun in the security checkpoint X-ray machine, they alerted Philadelphia Police, who arrested the Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, resident on weapons charges.

Officials stated that passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared at their airline ticket counter. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.

Information is subject to change. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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