Loaded .38 Found in Carry-on at Airport Named After Gunslinger Portrayer John Wayne

This was in a SNA carry-on.
This was in a SNA carry-on.
Courtesy of the TSA

A loaded .38 caliber handgun was plucked out of the security line at John Wayne Airport last week but don't worry, there was no round in the chamber, according to the TSA.

That made it one of nine loaded firearms found in TSA lines at the nation's airports last week. There were also 31 unloaded guns, multiple stun guns and ninja stars, 10 inert/replica/novelty grenades and knives of all shapes and sizes seized at U.S. airports last week, the TSA reports.

Separate recoveries last week uncovered a Zelda Sword and propane tanks in carry-ons at Oakland International, while across the Bay at the San Francisco airport someone tried to bring 10 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana onto a plane, giving new meaning to getting high.

For those who don't know, you can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. Keep in mind that firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers are urged to familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Meanwhile, the TSA notes that each time an agent finds a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger who likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. Penalties can reach as high as $11,000.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

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