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Man charged with having handgun at Florida airport

July 7, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man tried to take a loaded handgun through airport security.

The News-Press reports that 23-year-old Joshua Lee Smith was arrested Thursday at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Officers responded to a security checkpoint after TSA agents noticed the .40-caliber handgun while screening a black backpack. An arrest report says the chamber was empty, but an inserted magazine had nine rounds.

The report says Smith eventually admitted to having the gun during a secondary screening. He told officers he had taken a concealed weapons class but hadn’t had the money to complete the process.

Smith was released from jail Friday with an Aug. 6 court date. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com

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