TSA not investigating claim

Woman got loaded handgun through Bozeman airport security?

Posted: Sep 30, 2011 9:18 AM by Adam Bell, Judy Slate (KBZK Bozeman)
Updated: Sep 30, 2011 10:00 AM
TSA not investigating woman's claim that she got loaded handgun through Gallatin Field security

BOZEMAN- The Transportation Security Administration is not investigating a possible breach of security at Gallatin Field Airport after a woman claims she got a loaded handgun through security.

TSA agents in Albany, New York found .380-caliber semi automatic handgun inside Loretta Quayle’s purse as she was heading home to Montana on Monday.

Quayle, 54, claims she had no idea the gun was in her purse when she started her journey at Gallatin Field in Bozeman.
She was in Albany visiting family and when she tried to get through security in Albany on her way back to Gallatin Field, the loaded gun was found. She’s been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

TSA official Lorie Dankers said Quayle’s story about getting the gun through Gallatin Field Security is “pure speculation,” and at this point, the TSA has no concrete evidence that the gun came from Montana, so they are not doing anything to investigate until they see evidence that Quayle did bring it through security.

In an unrelated incident, in December 2009, screeners at Gallatin Field inadvertently allowed a passenger with a firearm in his carry-on luggage through security. The unidentified man realized he had the gun when he was in the boarding area and turned himself in to TSA officials.


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