TSA: Livonia man found with loaded semi-automatic handgun at Detroit Metro Airport


DETROIT – A Livonia man was arrested by Wayne County Airport Police early Sunday morning after Transportation Security Administration officers at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the man's carry-on bag.

In a statement, TSA said the 5.7 mm FNH semi-automatic firearm was loaded with 20 rounds, with an extra magazine that had 20 additional rounds in it. This specific gun is known for its body armor piercing capability, meaning that it is able to penetrate bullet-proof vests.

The gun was found at a security checkpoint.

The gun was confiscated and the man arrested on a weapons charge.

Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000.

Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure. 

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site here: TSA.gov.

Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.