Gun Goes Off At Hartsfield Jackson Airport

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ATLANTA (AP)- A gun found in the carry-on luggage of a passenger attempting to make it past the main security checkpoint at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Sunday morning, accidentally discharged on authorities who were investigating the incident.

Transportation Security Administration Spokesperson Carrie Harmon said the gun was discovered around 9 a.m. while going through the x-ray screening process. TSA officials alerted the Atlanta Police Department to the gun being found. A small caliber round described as “snake shot” was discharged inside the carry-on bag while officers were handling it.

TSA officials said the shot was contained to the carry-on bag. No one was injured. Atlanta police took the gun and the unidentified passenger into custody.

The TSA said they prevent about 1,100 firearms from passing security checkpoints each year. They remind passengers that unloaded firearms are permitted in checked bags only. Anyone caught trying to carry a firearm past an airport security checkpoint could face civil penalties in addition to any local criminal charges.

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