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TSA finds gun strapped to man’s prosthetic leg

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Posted at 1:02 PM, May 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-24 15:03:18-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Police arrested a man Thursday evening after Transportation Security Administration officers at the Salt Lake City International Airport found a loaded gun strapped to his prosthetic leg.

A TSA press release said the man was ticketed for travel to Charlotte, N.C. and was caught with the gun, a Jennings .22-caliber pistol, at an airport security checkpoint. The pistol was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, including the one in the chamber.

Salt Lake City Airport Police arrested the man on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon in a secure area.

This was the third firearm TSA has discovered in the past week at Salt Lake City International Airport and the 19th found there this year. Nationwide, TSA officials have discovered more than 60 firearms at airport security checkpoints in the past week.

The TSA reminds air travel passengers that firearms must be transported in a locked, hard-sided container and checked at the ticket counter.