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TSA discovered loaded firearm at Tri-Cities Regional Airport

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Les Osborne (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office) Les Osborne (Source: Sullivan County Sheriff's Office)
Source: Transportation Security Administration Source: Transportation Security Administration
BLOUNTVILLE, TN (WJHL) -

The Transportation Security Administration says agents discovered a loaded firearm at the security checkpoint at Tri-Cities Regional Airport on Sunday. 

Agents found a loaded .357 revolver in a passenger's carry-on bag. Agents alerted airport police. Airport police arrested the passenger.

Lee R. Osborne was booked into the Sullivan County Jail.  The charge against him was listed as handgun possession prohibited. 

Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint. TSA's advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to ensure they are not carrying prohibited items. Passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face a civil penalty from TSA. Last year, the Transportation Security Administration assessed more than $1.8 million in civil penalties for firearms discovered in passenger carry-on bags.

TSA agents discovered 1,549 firearms at TSA checkpoints nationwide in 2012. TSA says agents found two of those at Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Sunday's discovery marked the first gun find of 2013 at Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Lee Osborne is currently out of jail on a $3,000 bond. 

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