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      TSA Finds Firearms at Local Airports

      The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered a loaded firearm at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City Tuesday morning, as well as a loaded firearm at the Tulsa International Airport (TIA) on Monday.

      Around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday at OKC, TSA discovered a 9 millimeter Glock 26 firearm, loaded with 10 rounds, in a carry-on bag during checkpoint screening. On Monday, July 28, at 2:45 p.m., a 9 millimeter Beretta Nano firearm, loaded with six rounds, was discovered by TSA during checkpoint screening at TIA. In both cases, per standard procedure, TSA alerted airport police. Officials at each airport took the weapons and interviewed the passengers.

      "Firearms and ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, are always prohibited at the TSA security checkpoint," said TSA spokesperson Carrie Harmon.

      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.

      This is the 14th firearm discovered during checkpoint security screening at OKC so far this year, and the 10th at TIA. Nationwide, TSA officers have found more than 1,070 firearms at airport security checkpoints so far this year.

      TSA has the authority to levy a civil penalty of up to $11,000 against a passenger who brings a firearm to the checkpoint. For more information, visit the prohibited items and firearms and ammunition pages at tsa.gov.

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