Handgun found in carry-on bag at Midway - New York News

Handgun found in carry-on bag at Midway

Posted: Updated:
Provided Photo | Chicago Police Dept. Provided Photo | Chicago Police Dept.
Provided Photo | TSA Provided Photo | TSA
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man is facing weapons charges after being caught with a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag at Midway International Airport on Thursday evening, authorities said.

John Hart, 62, tried to go through a security checkpoint with the gun in his carry-on bag about 6:10 p.m., police News Affairs Officer Ana Pacheco said.

The loaded .38 caliber Lorcin Arms handgun was inside the bag as he tried to board a flight from Midway to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama, according to TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy.

The gun was discovered by TSA officers at the checkpoint, and they turned the man over to Chicago police, McCarthy said.

Hart, of Aurora, was charged with one felony count of trying to board an aircraft with a weapon, and one misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm without a valid FOID card, Pacheco said.

While it is legal to travel with firearms, McCarthy said TSA regulations require that weapons be kept unloaded in a hard-sided, locked case within checked luggage. Passengers also must declare any packed guns to the airlines.

Individuals bringing weapons to security checkpoints can face civil fines ranging from $1,500 to $11,000, McCarthy said.

This is the fifth weapon found in carry-on luggage at Midway this year, according to McCarthy.


Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Report: health risks at some nail salons

    Report: health risks at some nail salons

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:28:27 GMT
    One of the most surprising findings in a report from the New York City public advocate is that city officials have virtually no authority over how nail salons are run. The city can't enforce standards like they do with restaurants, so it's clearly a case of beauty buyer beware. We get our nails done without thinking too much about it.
    One of the most surprising findings in a report from the New York City public advocate is that city officials have virtually no authority over how nail salons are run. The city can't enforce standards like they do with restaurants, so it's clearly a case of beauty buyer beware. We get our nails done without thinking too much about it.
  • Car strikes toddler; driver arrested

    Car strikes toddler; driver arrested

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:15:49 GMT
    Police on Long Island say a 30-year-old driver has been arrested in connection with an accident that injured a 3-year-old girl being pushed in a stroller. Police say Scott Shea of Middle Island was driving a Jeep northbound on William Floyd Parkway, just south of Montauk Highway, when he struck the toddler at about 3:45 p.m. Monday.
    Police on Long Island say a 30-year-old driver has been arrested in connection with an accident that injured a 3-year-old girl being pushed in a stroller. Police say Scott Shea of Middle Island was driving a Jeep northbound on William Floyd Parkway, just south of Montauk Highway, when he struck the toddler at about 3:45 p.m. Monday.
  • Lawsuit settlements reached in Metro-North crash

    Lawsuit settlements reached in Metro-North crash

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:39:39 GMT
    Four of 28 people who sued the Metro-North Railroad in federal court after being injured in a Bridgeport train crash last year have settled with the commuter railroad.
    Four of 28 people who sued the Metro-North Railroad in federal court after being injured in a train crash in Connecticut last year have settled with the commuter railroad.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices