Pistol in Carry-On Bag Fired by Mistake

Officer was looking over .22 when it discharged
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2011 4:17 PM CST

(Newser) – Travelers heading through airport security in Atlanta yesterday got a free shot of adrenaline when a gun from a carry-on bag accidentally went off, CNN reports. A TSA screener at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had found the .22 in a bag and given it to an Atlanta police officer—who promptly fired it against the screening table. "I was grazed by a pellet fragment on the left side of my face," the officer wrote in his report. "However, there were no visible injuries."

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Traveler Richard Popkin said he'd put the gun in his carry-on by mistake. In fact he had planned to tuck the bag in his checked luggage, but worried it would go over the weight limit. He was arrested for carrying a deadly weapon at a public gathering, police say. So far this year, airport personnel say they've already found more than 1,100 firearms at security checkpoints. A note for anyone planning to take a favorite firearm on-board: The TSA always considers it a no-no. (Read more TSA stories.)

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