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Woman Arrested for Having a Gun in Her Carryon

Woman Arrested for Having a Gun in Her Carryon

As we all get back to hitting the road, it will take some time to get used to things: like taking your gun out of your bag before you go to the airport. A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania woman was arrested last week when the TSA discovered a handgun in her carry-on at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The unloaded .22 caliber revolver was discovered by TSA agents on May 15, just before 7 a.m. when it went through the x-ray monitor. TSA agents then called the local police who confiscated the gun and detained the woman. She was charged with carrying a firearm without a license or a valid concealed weapons permit.

She was arraigned and then released on her own recognizance.


View Comments (23)


  1. Dubiox

    May 19, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    I wonder what would she be charged with if she had a concealed permit.

  2. amanuensis


    May 19, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I miss the “Worst Passengers of the Week” Friday feature.

  3. Allan38103

    May 19, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    This happens several times a year at various airports. Why is this even reported? Slow news day?

  4. IluvSQ

    May 20, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Shouldn’t the headline read: ” TSA actually finds a real gun in carry-on”?

  5. rickg523

    May 20, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Just a couple of months alone and some people forget almost everything about how to be in public.

  6. Ethicist

    May 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Why is this news? Unless we have gotten to the point where if everyone does their job it is “news”.

  7. toxman

    May 20, 2020 at 10:07 am

    The FAA doesn’t allow guns in your carry-on even if you have a carry permit (which she didn’t) so I’m sure she would be charged with whatever federal offense covers that.

  8. slykens

    May 20, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Dubiox- In Pennsylvania, likely nothing. She is potentially subject to a federal civil penalty, however.

    If she is otherwise eligible for a license to carry she will pay a fine and, if she behaves, it will be dismissed in a year.

  9. Tino

    May 20, 2020 at 10:15 am

    This is not news, nor is it actually a severe crime.
    1. It happens at least once per day in Florida airports (
    2. While there are theoretically “severe” penalties for doing so, they are almost never enforced.
    3. Until offenders start getting real jail time, this will never stop.

  10. SamirD

    May 20, 2020 at 10:24 am

    This is a bit of blatant disregard for the travel rules with a firearm. She might have just forgot to take it out, but they’re always telling you about removing items from your bag, purse, etc so how could you forget?

  11. Caribgrl

    May 20, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Keep giving everyone a gun because it’s their right…

  12. randysea

    May 20, 2020 at 11:29 am

    I assume there must be a federal crime she could also have been charged with, but the TSA found it easier to use local police since she violated state law.

  13. nickwilcock

    May 20, 2020 at 11:36 am

    It’s high time you Americans grew up and stopped this obsession with carrying guns!

  14. POatParker

    May 20, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Barry Swittzer got off right away.

  15. edweird

    May 20, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    If you are a police chief in Florida and forget you have a firearm in your carry on, they let you go so you can secure it in your car before entering the secure area of the airport.

    So much for blind justice.

  16. jehowe

    May 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    I remember a few years ago hearing an interview with a TSA trainer where this was brought up. At that time, any enforcement beyond requiring them to check it was left up to TSA supervisor discretion.

    He specifically brought up the very different enforcement and passenger experiences if they are caught with a firearm in their carryon between IAH and ORD.

  17. Kathleen541

    May 20, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Just can’t fix stupid 🙄

  18. NishinomiyaDada

    May 20, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    “inner-city mentality”
    How shallow, how unhelpful, how classist.

  19. PaulMSN

    May 21, 2020 at 3:08 am

    I doubt arcticflier knows anything about “inner-city mentality”.

  20. jimmc66


    May 21, 2020 at 6:38 am

    arcticflyer said:

    “Did they post the ethnicity of this woman?
    I think I can guess. Unregistered firearm and no CCL and the caliber suggests inner-city mentality.”

    Racist much?

  21. OMSHH

    May 21, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Quoting slykens: (replying to Dubiox) “In Pennsylvania, likely nothing. She is potentially subject to a federal civil penalty, however.”

    The article stated that she was arrested by local police and later arraigned and released. The arrest and arraignment imply she was charged criminally. The fact that the arrest was made by local police implies it was either a local, city, county or state matter. Not a federal matter.

    That said, carrying a concealed weapon without a license is a 3rd degree felony in PA pursuant to [Pennsylvania Statutes Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. Crimes and Offenses § 6106. Firearms not to be carried without a license] . If she is otherwise eligible for a license, is able to obtain one, and has no criminal record, the charge is reduced to a misdemeanor.

  22. JonMST

    May 22, 2020 at 11:40 am

    TSA are not “agents”. They don’t have guns and they didn’t swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. They are more like mall security guards driving around in cars with blinky lights.

    Note the TSA had to call the police to do anything:
    “TSA agents then called the local police who confiscated the gun and detained the woman.”

  23. NoleATL

    May 31, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Unless I’m mistaken, the news is that she was actually arrested. Over the years I’ve read about people at ATL that ‘forgot’ their guns and they were not arrested. I always wondered why they were not.

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