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Fla. Traveler Faces Gun Charges

December 29, 2001

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Authorities said a Florida man who was arrested with a loaded pistol in his carry-on luggage had boarded flights in two other cities before the gun was found.

Barry L. Burnstein of Tampa was charged Friday evening with attempting to board an aircraft with a concealed weapon.

According to an FBI affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Burnstein flew from Tampa to Atlanta before switching flights and continuing to Memphis International Airport.

Burnstein was preparing to board a flight back to Atlanta on Friday afternoon when he was selected for a random search, said Larry Cox, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority president. That search turned up a loaded 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol in Burnstein’s carry-on luggage, according to the affidavit by Memphis FBI special agent Daniel Sobolewski.

The affidavit said Burnstein acknowledged that the gun was his. While the document does not say if he had the gun in his possession when he boarded the flight from Atlanta, a federal official said the gun ``got by security in Tampa.″

Burnstein declined to comment when reached by The Commercial Appeal newspaper. He was released on $5,000 bond.

Officials at the Atlanta headquarters of Delta Air Lines, whose flights Burnstein was on, said late Friday they were unaware of the incident and had no comment.

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