Gun, ammunition found in man’s carry-on bag at Honolulu airport

A man was taken into custody after officials say he tried to bring a gun on board a plane at Honolulu International Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration says passengers bringing weapons to the airport is a problem that’s getting worse nationwide.

“A man in his 70s went through the TSA security line and they noticed a gun, unloaded, in his carry-on and some ammunition,” said Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz.

Officials say the man had an antique .32 caliber firearm and ammunition in his carry-on.

After TSA found the weapon, the man was taken into custody. He was booked on place to keep firearms and ammunition.

“In this case, from what I understand from a quick statement from the passenger, he was in a hurry and he stuck the firearm in his bag and forgot it was there,” said TSA spokesman Nico Melendez.

Firearms are permitted on planes, but only under certain guidelines and there is a process you have to go through.

“The firearm needs to be declared to the airline. It needs to be in the proper carry case. It needs to be unlocked and in checked baggage,” said Melendez.

But somehow and sometimes people forget to do that.

“Many times what happens is it ends up being a mistake, but we will move forward with prosecuting or charging someone,” said Schwartz.

It’s a mistake that’s happening more and more each year. In fact the number has steadily gone up for the last 10 years. In 2013 there were more than 1,800 firearms found in airports and that number continues to rise.

“Last year in 2014, TSA found over 2,000 guns in airports across the country, so it’s a serious issue were dealing with,” said Melendez.

While not everyone brings a firearm through security on purpose, sometimes a forgetful accident can get you into a lot of trouble.

“There’s a proper way and there’s an improper way and unfortunately for this passenger, this was the wrong way,” said Melendez.

Thursday’s incident is still under investigation.


[§134-25] Place to keep pistol or revolver; penalty.

(a) Except as provided in sections 134-5 and 134-9, all firearms shall be confined to the possessor’s place of business, residence, or sojourn; provided that it shall be lawful to carry unloaded firearms in an enclosed container from the place of purchase to the purchaser’s place of business, residence, or sojourn, or between these places upon change of place of business, residence, or sojourn, or between these places and the following:

(1) A place of repair;
(2) A target range;
(3) A licensed dealer’s place of business;
(4) An organized, scheduled firearms show or exhibit;
(5) A place of formal hunter or firearm use training or instruction; or
(6) A police station.

“Enclosed container” means a rigidly constructed receptacle, or a commercially manufactured gun case, or the equivalent thereof that completely encloses the firearm.

(b) Any person violating this section by carrying or possessing a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver shall be guilty of a class B felony. [L 2006, c 66, pt of §1]

[§134-27] Place to keep ammunition; penalty.

(a) Except as provided in sections 134-5 and 134-9, all ammunition shall be confined to the possessor’s place of business, residence, or sojourn; provided that it shall be lawful to carry ammunition in an enclosed container from the place of purchase to the purchaser’s place of business, residence, or sojourn, or between these places upon change of place of business, residence, or sojourn, or between these places and the following:

(1) A place of repair;
(2) A target range;
(3) A licensed dealer’s place of business;
(4) An organized, scheduled firearms show or exhibit;
(5) A place of formal hunter or firearm use training or instruction; or
(6) A police station.

“Enclosed container” means a rigidly constructed receptacle, or a commercially manufactured gun case, or the equivalent thereof that completely encloses the ammunition.

(b) Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. [L 2006, c 66, pt of §1]

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