Loaded gun found in carry-on bag; man arrested

A loaded 9mm Ruger P-95 hand gun in the man's carry-on baggage (Photo courtesy Transportation Security Administration; April 20, 2014)

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Newaygo man was arrested by Gerald R. Ford International Airport Police after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on bag.

Sunday morning, a Transportation Security Administration officer staffing an X-ray machine discovered a loaded 9mm Ruger P-95 handgun in the man’s baggage, according to the TSA. There were 15 rounds, one of which was chambered, in the gun.

Gerald Ford International Airport Police took the gun and ammunition, and arrested the man, whose name was not released, on a state charge.

The man was originally scheduled to fly to San Antonio via Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).

The man did have a Michigan concealed pistol license.

A similar situation occurred in mid-February when a man was arrested after a handgun was found inside his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Jason Emanouil, a local business owner, was traveling with his wife and their two children when an X-ray machine detected a loaded Ruger in his bag. Emanouil had a concealed pistol license and told authorities he forgot the weapon was in his bag, an airport spokesperson told 24 Hour News 8.

Authorities in a release remind airline passengers that firearms are not permitted in carry-on luggage. Anyone traveling with a firearm needs to:

  • Comply with state laws regarding firearms
  • Check the gun in a hard sided, locked case
  • Declare the gun with the airline.

Passengers who need more information on traveling with firearms or ammunition can learn more about what is allowed past security check points on the TSA’s website.

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