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TF Green Airport Police Arrest Man With Loaded Gun in Carry-on Bag

 This loaded .38 caliber Ruger with one bullet chambered was discovered by TSA officers at T.F. Green Airport on July 21.
This loaded .38 caliber Ruger with one bullet chambered was discovered by TSA officers at T.F. Green Airport on July 21.

Warwick, RI – Police arrested a 33-year-old man with a loaded .38 caliber Ruger pistol in his carry-on bag Tuesday morning as he was preparing to travel to Baltimore Washington International Airport from TF Green Airport.

TSA officials alerted Rhode Island Airport Corporation police, who responded to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening checkpoint, conducted an investigation of a possible weapon in carry-on luggage and arrested David Allen, 33, of Providence. He was charged with carrying a weapon without a permit under RIGL Sec. 11-47-8 (a), according to a statement from the RI Airport Corporation. 

The arrest represents the first firearm discovered in carry-on luggage at TF Green Airport this year, according to a release from the TSA.

This loaded .38 caliber Ruger with one bullet chambered was discovered by TSA officers at T.F. Green Airport on July 21.
This loaded .38 caliber Ruger with one bullet chambered was discovered by TSA officers at T.F. Green Airport on July 21.

When a firearm is found in a bag at the checkpoint it can delay the screening process for all travellers at that checkpoint, according to a release from the TSA. Officials discovered more than 1,800 firearms at checkpoints across the nation in 2013 and more than 2,200 firearms in 2014.

TSA imposes civil penalties ranging from $1,500 up to $11,000 for a single violation of a firearm brought to a security checkpoint.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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