The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confiscated a loaded weapon in a passenger's carry-on luggage at McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) Thursday morning.
TSA said the Kel-Tec P-32 was loaded. The passenger, Scott T. Clements, was flying to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He told TSA agents he normally keeps the gun in the bag and forgot to remove it before going to the airport.
Clements was issued a misdemeanor for unlawful carry of a firearm.
This is the 14th weapon to be discovered in carry-on luggage at McGhee Tyson Airport this year. People who bring firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and are subject to criminal penalties. TSA can also fine them from $250 up to $11,000.
TSA has intercepted firearms and other dangerous weapons at security checkpoints nationwide, with an average of 30 firearms per week in 2012. As of September of this year, TSA has detected 1,343 firearms at checkpoints across the nation.