Airport Gun 2

One of the guns discovered by TSA agents in carry-on luggage.

Transportation Security Administration officers at two Idaho airports discovered loaded firearms in the carry-on luggage of two separate passengers, one in Idaho Falls and one in Boise, in the span of four days.

On Friday morning, a TSA officer at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport found a loaded Taurus 9 mm G2C semi-automatic handgun in the luggage of a man bound for Las Vegas, according to a news release from the Transportation Security Administration. There were 12 rounds of ammunition in the weapon.

Then, on Monday morning, a TSA officer at the Boise Airport found a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9 mm in the carry-on luggage of a man headed for Chicago. This gun was also loaded, this time with five rounds of ammunition.

Both officers saw the guns on the x-ray screens used to scan carry-on luggage, according to the release. You can read a full report here at

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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