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Man pulls out unloaded gun, causes panic at LAX

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:17 a.m. HST, Nov 09, 2013

LOS ANGELES >> An arriving passenger has been arrested on suspicion of brandishing a weapon in the baggage claim area of Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 3, causing momentary panic before authorities determined his handgun was unloaded.

Terminal 3 was the site of a deadly gun attack last week that left a Transportation Security Administration officer dead and three others wounded.

Airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said the man either took out the gun or a gun carrying case around 9 p.m. Friday. At least one witness who saw the act notified authorities and the bomb squad was called in to search his bag.

The man had declared his weapon and cleared security before getting on his flight to LAX. Ortiz said his offense was showing off a weapon in a public area.

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mikethenovice wrote:
Yep. Keep voting for the Republicans who think that guns in the wrong hands is funny.
on November 9,2013 | 06:48AM
paniolo wrote:
When you dumb, you dumb. Lucky he didn't get shot by the cops.
on November 9,2013 | 07:28AM
cojef wrote:
"Stupid is as stupid does". Shipping firearms in hold baggage? Dunno.
on November 9,2013 | 07:51AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
That's a very common practice.
on November 9,2013 | 09:48AM
bobbob wrote:
that's the way you're supposed to do it. "ignorance is as ignorance does"
on November 9,2013 | 11:54AM
McB0B wrote:
My guess is he was just checking to make sure some baggage handler or TSA worker hadn't stolen it, which does happen from time to time. Google gun stolen from luggage if you think he wouldn't have reason to worry.
on November 9,2013 | 11:02AM
bobbob wrote:
pretty much. If he's a registered owner and registered the gun, I doubt he'd brandish it as in wave it around in the air. He probably opened the case to check it, and a person saw that and over reacted.
on November 9,2013 | 11:56AM
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