Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

TSA finds loaded firearm at Boise Airport security checkpoint

The following was released by the Transportation Security Administration today involving an action taken by officers with the Boise Police Department Airport Unit Friday, June 14 at 7:30 a.m. Officers cited Mia K. Gussie, 31 of Meridian with a violation of Idaho State Code 18-7503(2). During the investigation, officers found the woman did possess a valid concealed weapons permit. The weapon was taken into police custody. 

ISC 18-7503. WEAPONS ABOARD AIRCRAFT - (2)  No person, while aboard an airplane being operated by a holder of a certificate issued by the federal government or the state of Idaho, shall willfully and intentionally conceal on or about his person, or in a bag, case, pouch or other container any deadly or dangerous weapon; nor shall any person enter or attempt to enter any sterile area of an airport which is a holder of a certificate issued by the federal government or the state of Idaho, while willfully and intentionally concealing on or about his person, or in a bag, case, pouch or other container any deadly or dangerous weapon with the intent to avoid its detection by security measures at the sterile area.

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BOISE, Idaho - Officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Boise Airport (BOI) discovered a loaded firearm at the security checkpoint Friday morning during routine screening of carry-on baggage.

The .380 caliber Ruger firearm was loaded with six rounds and detected in the carry-on bag of a female passenger ticketed for travel to San Francisco.  The Boise Police Department cited the passenger on a state charge. 

This is the fourth firearm TSA has discovered this year in the carry-on bag of a passenger at BOI.  Nationwide, over a three-day period spanning Friday through Sunday, 26 firearms were detected in carry-on bags at security checkpoints; since January 1, 2013, more than 750 handguns have been found during routine screening of carry-ons at airports across the country. 

Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage.  However, 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.  TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.

In addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA reserves the right to levy a civil penalty of up to $7,500 for bringing a dangerous weapon like a firearm to the checkpoint.  Each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

TSA reminds passengers to be aware of the contents of their carry-on bag prior to coming to the security checkpoint.  TSA has multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not  at all.  For more information, visit www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items or use TSA's mobile app - myTSA.

The myTSA app allows a traveler to enter the name of an item and the app will provide information on how to transport that item on board an aircraft. You can download myTSA app on iTunes or Google Play.  The same information can also be accessed via any web browser at www.tsa.gov/mobile.