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Posted: 10/4/2001 7:57:39 AM EDT
[url]http://www.channel2000.com/sh/news/stories/nat-news-aptv-100317720011004-081019.html[/url] Channel2000.com - Shotgun Clears Security At Colorado Airport Shotgun Clears Security At Colorado Airport Springs Airport Security Firm Also Guarded Boston's Airport Posted: 9:57 a.m. EDT October 4, 2001 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A Colorado man was arrested on a misdemeanor gun charge when an airport security guard searched his bag and found a disassembled shotgun, but only after it had gone through X-ray screening unnoticed. The incident occurred Tuesday at Colorado Springs Airport (pictured, left). Bradley Cooper, 20, told investigators the gun and duffel bag belonged to his roommate and he had forgotten to remove the weapon when he borrowed the bag. Investigators said an X-ray machine operator did not recognize the shapes of the shotgun and six rounds of ammunition on Cooper's first trip through security. Cooper then left the terminal for a cigarette, taking the bag with him. When he returned, a hand-search turned up the gun. He was arrested on a state charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Federal prosecutors were reviewing the case but did not immediately file charges. "We are not sure there is a relevant crime for him," said Dick Weatherbee, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver. "It is a federal crime to take a weapon on an aircraft, but he never got on a plane. He was at an airport with a disassembled gun." The X-ray machine was operated by Huntleigh Corp. Huntleigh officials could not be reached for comment. Affiliate Web site TheDenverChanne.com reported that Huntleigh Corp. was guarding United Airlines' checkpoints at Logan International Airport when terrorists boarded a flight for Los Angeles on Sept. 11. The United flight crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers. Huntleigh, which is based in St. Louis, provides security to airlines at 50 airports and is among the nation's top three airline security contractors. The Sigura AVM Brescia shotgun was broken into three pieces, police said. The shells were 20-gauge. Police said Cooper's roommate, Robert Kent, 21, confirmed the shotgun was his. Kent, who has four prior felony convictions, was arrested for investigation of possession of a firearm by a felon. He is to appear in U.S. District Court in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Copyright 2001 by Channel2000.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 9:29:45 AM EDT
The Rocky Mountain News named the guy and stated he would also be charged as a felon in possesion of a firearm. Because he was. The News sayed the shotgun was broken down into 3 pieces and that may be why it wasn't recognized in the x-ray scan.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 9:42:01 AM EDT
Four felony convictions and then forced to admit the shotgun was his, or get his roommate into even deeper crap. Dude needs a shaman to get rid of the mischievous spirits. [:D]
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 10:02:13 AM EDT
Jonnie: No, his roommate (the guy who owned the shotgun, not the dumbass who took it to the airport) has the felony four convictions. Kharn
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 10:05:18 AM EDT
At least his buddy fessed up that it was his. Ice
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 10:14:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Kharn: Jonnie: No, his roommate (the guy who owned the shotgun, not the dumbass who took it to the airport) has the felony four convictions. Kharn
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Oops. Maybe when I scan through an article I should slow down some. [:I]
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 10:34:56 AM EDT
It seems a little strange that he had no idea there was something in the duffle bag when he borrowed it, not to mention something heavy. Nuckles. [smash]
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 7:13:10 PM EDT
Wonderful.. I have to fly in and out of that airport next week.
Link Posted: 10/4/2001 7:29:23 PM EDT
It would be fine with me if someone wanted to carry a shotgun on the plane with them, as long as he only uses it on would-be hijackers.
Link Posted: 10/30/2001 6:26:59 PM EDT
Actually, a shotgun would be good on an airplane. Load it with #8 shot and it probably won't damage the skin of the airplane. But, it'll knock the hell out of the hijackers.
Link Posted: 10/31/2001 11:04:38 AM EDT
good thing I checked the date of the first post, I was about to say "another gun made it through" the pistol in the briif case last week was interesting. I heard he got it back with no charges filed as the police believed him when he said it was a careless mistake. Is that true?
Link Posted: 10/31/2001 1:29:13 PM EDT
The guy must be pretty stout. I notice my Browning HP in my duffle bag. Lots of weight in a shotgun.
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