WICHITA, Kansas – Airport police arrested a man for carrying a concealed weapon in a carry-on bag at Mid-Continent Airport early Monday just after 6 a.m.
This is the first firearm intercepted at the Wichita airport this year.
TSA officers caught the man carrying a .22 caliber Davis Industries Derringer firearm was loaded with two rounds.
Police arrested the 64-year-old man. He has since been released.
The gun was confiscated, and the man told TSA that he forgot the gun was in his bag.
Last year, TSA discovered four guns at the Wichita checkpoint.
Nationwide, TSA officers found more than 1,800 firearms in passengers’ carry-on bags at airport checkpoints around the country in 2013. In 2012, TSA found 1,556.
Firearms and ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, are always prohibited in carry-on bags. These items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process. Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container.