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Posted on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 12:24 p.m.

Superior Township man arrested at Metro Airport after loaded handgun found in carry-on

By Julie Baker

A 39-year-old Superior Township man was arrested Monday at Detroit Metro Airport after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on bag, the Detroit Free Press reported today.

The man had a valid permit for the gun, which was discovered when his bag went through an X-ray machine, the report said. He was arrested for a checkpoint violation Monday afternoon and was released on bond, according to the Free Press.

An airport spokesman told the newspaper that the man forgot the gun was in his bag, and they have no reason to believe there was a "terrorist plot."

Read the Detroit Free Press report.


Ann English

Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 12:40 a.m.

I was expecting to read that the Superior Township man intended to commit a crime, because of all the recent crimes committed in Superior Township. I'm glad he turned out to be an otherwise law-abiding citizen.


Wed, Feb 15, 2012 : 1:46 a.m.

I've carried for many years, never "forgot" where my pistol(s) were, there are reasons for that. Including, what good is it if you don't know where it is, is it loaded or not, is it "cocked and locked". They are very expensive, you just don't "forget". Most importantly, what goes with CPL possession is the extra responsibility of securing and storing of said pistol during concealment, transport and storage. He will have to go before his county gun board, they will take appropriate action, that I can assure you!

Tom Joad

Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 11:44 p.m.

Having a concealed weapons permit requires an extremely heightened level of responsibility. This level of carelessness is almost unforgivable.


Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 11:17 p.m.

Forgot the handgun was in his bag? That's completely absurd and unbelievable. I guess this clearly shows intelligence is not a pre-requisite for buying an airline ticket.

Jim Pryce

Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 10:38 p.m.

All we ever here about are knuckleheads, nothing positive about all the law abiding citizens who have the right to carry. We here the same thing during hunting season about people taking game illegally, giving hunters a bad name. Those are not hunters they are poachers. Knuckleheads like this guy with a CPL should have it revoked. You get a list of all the rules when you get your CPL.


Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 8:27 p.m.

As I looked up to see which staff person had contributed this article, I was struck, figuratively speaking, of course, by Ms. Baker's title: News Producer. Now as this is not a television or radio media outlet, I am to wonder about the meaning of that title... Is it meant to say "I don't just report the news, I make it up"? Or, perhaps on a slow day she will go out an do something newsworthy so that she has something to report on? Got to admit it makes me curious. Disclaimer: In no way to I mean any disrepect to Ms. Baker, nor do I mean to impugn her character in any manner. I do mean to question, hopefully in a humorous way, the absurdity of that job title.

Michigan Reader

Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 10:48 p.m.

Try this interpretation--News SECTION Producer


Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 6:54 p.m.

Anyone with that level of awareness of their firearm ought to have their right to bear revoked.


Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 6:08 p.m.

How in the world can you "forget" that you have a loaded gun in your carryon? I'm old, I'm expected to forget things from time to time. But a LOADED GUN? I think not.


Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 8:06 p.m.

I have to agree with you. I carried a lot in the past and I always knew. I did though forget once that I had a bunch of bullets in a pocket of a carry on. Neither checkpoints of two airports coming or going detected them.


Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 5:42 p.m.

How is it that so many people with so little common sense are allowed to even own guns?


Tue, Feb 14, 2012 : 6 p.m.

I guess they don't hand out common sense with CPL.