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Unloaded handgun found in carry-on bag at MEM

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A handgun was discovered at a security checkpoint at Memphis International Airport Thursday just before 5 a.m.

According to Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an unloaded .25 caliber handgun was found in a passenger's carry-on bag.

Airport police were called to confiscate the gun and escort the passenger from the security checkpoint. The passenger was issued a citation.

TSA asked to take this opportunity to remind passengers that firearms may be transported in checked luggage, but they must be in a proper carrying case and unloaded. Passengers hoping to travel with a firearm in checked luggage must also notify the airline prior to the flight. Firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags.

For more information on items prohibited by TSA, click here: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm

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