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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — TSA officers found a loaded handgun in a woman’s purse at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday.

According to the TSA, the loaded Ruger .380 handgun was found when the woman put her purse through an X-ray machine at an airport checkpoint.

The Allegheny County Police Department was contacted, and the passenger was questioned and issued a summons.

gun found pittsburgh international airport TSA Finds Loaded Handgun At PIT Security Checkpoint

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The TSA says they have found 21 firearms at PIT checkpoints this year. A total of 22 firearms were found at the airport in all of 2016.

The TSA reminders travelers that firearms are permitted in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, packed separately from ammunition and taken to the airline check-in counter.

More information on the proper way to travel with a firearm is available at

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