The Transportation Security Administration said they discovered two loaded firearms at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport this week. The weapons were found at the security screening checkpoint.
On Sunday, March 25, TSA discovered a .38 caliber Ruger LCR firearm, loaded with five rounds, and on Thursday, March 29, TSA officers intercepted a 9mm Glock, loaded with six rounds. Both were detected during x-ray screening at the checkpoint.
The Wichita Airport police responded and took possession of the weapons and interviewed the individuals involved.
The two catches brings the total number to seven firearms discovered in Wichita this year. In 2017, TSA found four firearms in Wichita. Nationwide in 2017, TSA officers found 3,957 firearms in carry-on bags at airports across the nation, an average of almost 11 per day.
TSA has the authority to levy a civil penalty of up to $13,000 against a passenger who brings a firearm to the checkpoint. The average civil penalty for carrying a loaded firearm to a checkpoint is $3,900. Any determination about a criminal charge is up to law enforcement.