Gun found in baggage at Idaho Falls airport

This 9mm Walther PPS M2 handgun was found Tuesday during a routine scanning of carry-on luggage at Idaho Falls Regional Airport. contributed photo

The Transportation Security Administration found a loaded firearm in a carry-on bag Tuesday at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport. 

A TSA news release said the gun was the first discovered by the airport this year. The gun, a 9mm Walther PPS M2 handgun, was found during a routine scanning of luggage. The owner was headed to Salt Lake City International Airport.

Idaho Falls Police Department Spokeswoman Holly Cook said the man was not charged. He said the gun had been accidentally left in his bag.

“In those circumstance, unless it was presumed to be intentional or there is other evidence indicating it was indeed intentional, there typically isn’t enough probable cause to make an arrest.” Cook said.

The news release said the Idaho Falls Regional Airport found five guns in the last two years.

Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic-looking replicas are not allowed in carry-on luggage, but can be carried in checked baggage if the owner declares it at the ticket counter.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.