Loaded handgun stopped at Mitchell International Airport checkpoint

Loaded gun found at Milwaukee airport

MILWAUKEE —  A Milwaukee woman was stopped Thursday at Mitchell International Airport after a loaded handgun was found in her carry-on bag, according to a release by the Transportation Security Administration.

TSA officials detected a purple, 9 mm caliber handgun loaded with 10 bullets, including one in one chamber.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office was called to the airport. Deputies confiscated the gun and detained the woman for questioning before allowing her to return the gun to her vehicle, the release said.

TSA officials are reminding people that the checkpoint line comes to a standstill anytime a gun shows up at a checkpoint. The line will move once police resolve the incident.

This is the second gun caught this year at Milwaukee’s major airport. Last year, 16 were caught.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared, the TSA said. The firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked and packed separately from ammunition.

Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.