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Man Arrested At BWI-Marshall Airport With Loaded Handgun

Discussion in 'Airport News, Talk & Discussion' started by Lee Ferrara, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. Lee Ferrara

    Lee Ferrara Administrator Staff Member

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    Police say the man was in a security line like everyone else when they discovered a loaded gun in his carry-on bag.

    X-ray machines at a BWI checkpoint alerted TSA agents to the semi-automatic handgun inside a carry-on bag Friday morning. Maryland Transportation Authority Police confiscated the loaded weapon and arrested its owner, 35-year-old Mark Kurtz of Littlestown, Pennsylvania.

    “I can’t believe people would be so insensitive, first of all, or clueless to bring something like that into the airport. Like there’s no security and no one is going to check them. That’s ridiculous,” said Lorrie Armfield, flyer.

    Concerns about weapons inside airports — especially high after a gunman opened fire at a checkpoint inside Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez and sparking debate over whether checkpoint officers should be armed.

    MORE: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/12/06/pa-man-arrested-at-bwi-marshall-airport-with-loaded-gun/
     
  2. Sierra1

    Sierra1 Hangar Bronze Member III

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    In a society where carrying a firearm is common, it's not surprising that people bring their guns with them to the airport. Instead of arresting them, just unload the firearm. seal it in a box and check it in with the luggage!
     
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    Guitar Dave Hangar Bronze Member V

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    Hey Sierra. That would take common sense. And common sense ain't that common. Especially in government.
    But I wholeheartedly agree. It's also a federal offense to trade firearms in Mexico, isn't it Eric ?
    The guy should have just checked it in baggage. It's not a problem when packed properly. That was a little boneheaded.......;)
     
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    That story should be titled " How to catch a dumb-ass".
     
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    Arresting the man for his threat to public safety and security was correct and his punishment should be stiff and include confiscation of his weapon.
    With too many guns floating in our society, the best thing for the government to do is issue a total gun ban for airports. There is no reason or need for people to be bringing guns into air terminals.
     
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    David Barnshaw Hangar Silver Member IV

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    Guns on planes,'no-way in the UK'.
     
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    Guns need to be in checked baggage, pure and simple.
     
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    I agree with David, no guns on planes in the hold or in the cabin.
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    I have to disagree on that one Terry. We in the US have available what is called a CPL (Concealed Pistol License) or what is commonly referred to many as a CCW (Carry & Conceal Weapon) permit that people can earn with a solid background check and a minimum of 30 hrs of training in Michigan at least, that they may wish to transport to their domestic destination. These RESPONSIBLE gun owners are not the ones causing crimes, they are RESPONSIBLE for protecting their own lives and those of loved ones. In Arizona you don't even need one but some like my bro do have one too. All I was saying is LEGAL guns need to be in checked baggage.
     
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    LL - I was refering mainly to the UK but I don't like guns full stop.
     
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    Canada doesn't like them for public consumption either.
     
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