An Erie, Pennsylvania woman was arrested after authorities say she had a loaded gun at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. We have confirmed her name is Amber Matters, 41, of Millcreek.
TSA officials stopped the Erie woman from bringing a 9mm handgun with six bullets in it in a carry-on bag, they say.
According to them, the gun was spotted in a checkpoint X-ray machine.
“The bringing of a loaded firearm to the airport checkpoint is both dangerous and illegal,” TSA’s Upstate New York Federal Security Director Bart R. Johnson said. “Incidents such as these provide a stark reminder of the critical role the Transportation Security Administration plays in the protection of the flying public. I would like to thank the prompt response of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police for their swift action.”
Typically, the civil penalty for a first-time offense of carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900.
NFTA police took the gun and placed local weapons charges against the woman, the TSA says. The woman’s name was not released.
Information on properly transporting a firearm can be found here.