A Lagrangeville woman was stopped by TSA officials as an officer spotted her with a .380 caliber handgun loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber, as she was going through the New York Stewart International Airport security checkpoint to catch a flight last Friday.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. However, often travelers forget that they have firearms with them while they travel.
Nationwide last year, 4,432 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints, averaging about 12.1 firearms per day, a five percent increase nationally in firearms discoveries from the 4,239 detected in 2018. Of those detected at checkpoints last year, 87 percent were loaded.