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Idaho Man Sited for Trying to Take Unloaded Gun on Plane

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A Rexburg man who authorities say tried to bring a handgun onto a commercial airliner in his carry-on bag at Idaho Falls Regional Airport has been cited and the weapon seized.

The Post Register reports that Transportation Security Administration officers spotted the unloaded 9 mm Kel-Tec gun Thursday when 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones sent his luggage through the X-ray machine. TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers says the weapon didn’t appear to be intentionally hidden.

Idaho Falls Police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen says officers had no reason to believe Jones intended to use the weapon in the airport or on the plane. Jones received a misdemeanor citation and was allowed to board the flight to Las Vegas. The infraction carries a fine of up to $7,500.

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