BUFFALO - A Chautauqua County man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport Thursday morning after the TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted the handgun in the man's carry-on bag.
Troy J. Livecche is the owner of the handgun, which was registered to a Silver Creek address. Livecche told authorities he had been living in East Aurora, according to C. Douglas Harpmayer, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority public information officer.
TSA contacted the NFTA police who responded and confiscated the handgun, a .380 caliber firearm, which was loaded with six rounds and one bullet in the chamber. The incident happened at 5:30 a.m. and Livecche was able to take a later flight. Charges are pending.
This gun was caught by TSA officers at the security checkpoint at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Photo courtesy of TSA
The incident marked the first firearm that TSA officers at the airport have stopped so far this year. In 2013, TSA officers detected four firearms that travelers had in their possession at the airport's checkpoint.
TSA screens approximately 9,000 passengers and their carry-on bags each day at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
As a reminder, weapons-including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition-are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.
Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA's advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website: www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.
The Transportation Security Administration screens approximately 1.8 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.