Loaded Gun In Airport: Robert Kellerman Arrested After TSA Screens .22-Caliber Handgun

By Jason Van Hoven on February 18, 2013 10:46 AM EST

Newark Liberty International Airport
Two cases this month of someone carrying a loaded gun in an airport involved those doing so in Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. (Photo: Reuters)

Robert Kellerman of Long Pond, Penn. was arrested on Sunday by Transportation Security Administration screeners for carrying a loaded gun in an airport, according to The Associated Press.

The Newark Star-Ledger reported that TSA screeners inside Terminal C from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey noticed a loaded gun -- .22-caliber handgun -- in the 59-year-old Kellerman's carry-on bag on Sunday. Port Authority police took him into custody just after 6 a.m. Kellerman, who told police that he forgot the loaded gun was inside the bag, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.

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The Star-Ledger also reports that airline passengers are permitted to travel with firearms only in checked baggage, but that they must be stored properly and unloaded.

It was at least the second time this month that someone was found carrying a loaded gun at a checkpoint at Newark Liberty.

A 41-year-old Florida man was arrested with a loaded 9 mm handgun on Feb. 1, and he also told authorities that he had forgot the loaded gun was in his bag.

Other incidents of people carrying a loaded gun in other airports have occurred recently, too.

My Fox Atlanta reported that one person was arrested after a loaded gun in a carry-on bag at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was found on Feb. 5. Authorities found a loaded .380 caliber pistol in the bag and alerted airport police, who arrested 52-year-old Christopher Ledford of Kennesaw at about 8:30 a.m. 

In November, TSA screeners found that 59-year-old Kelvin Jerome Simmons had a loaded gun inside his carry-on bag in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Simmons, who had a 25-caliber handgun, was arrested by area police and charged with carrying a weapon in an unauthorized location.

In September, a Florida woman forgot that she had a loaded gun inside her purse before boarding a flight from Orlando International Airport to Newark Liberty, according to the Orlando Sentinel. However, TSA screeners failed to notice the gun when she was boarding the plane.

The woman didn't realize that she had the .380-caliber semi-automatic Ruger in her purse when she arrived for her flight. She came forward about her loaded gun, which was confiscated by Port Authority police, and wasn't charged with any crimes.

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