DETROIT (AP) – The Transportation Security Administration
confiscated a gun belonging to Detroit’s police chief after the
weapon was found in baggage the chief had checked for a flight.
Police Chief Jerry Oliver “didn’t declare the gun to the
airlines and hadn’t filed the necessary forms,” said Detroit
Metropolitan Airport spokesman Mike Conway.
Conway said the loaded .25 caliber Colt semiautomatic weapon was
discovered by TSA officials while the luggage was being
Oliver told Detroit’s WDIV-TV that he wasn’t aware of the
regulations for declaring the gun in checked baggage and that he
follows the necessary procedures when carrying his weapon onboard
Airport police were called in and Oliver, who was aboard a
Northwest flight, was contacted but was not asked to leave the
Federal regulations require guns stowed in checked luggage to be
unloaded and that officials be notified and specific forms be
Failure to follow those steps could result in a $1,000 fine.