Guns

Gun Goes Off at Checkpoint at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A scare at the busiest airport in the world, as a gun goes off at a security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that TSA agents spotted a .22-caliber Magnum in a bag that was going through the x-ray machine on Sunday. It turns out the gun was loaded with small game pellet ammunition known as "snake" bullets.

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An Atlanta police officer who responded to the scene was trying to unload the gun when it went off. No one was injured, but the officer wrote in his report:

“I was grazed by a pellet fragment on the left side of my face. However, there were no visible injuries.”

The man who owned the gun, 43-year-old Richard Popkin, said he didn't realize the gun was in his messenger bag.

Popkin was arrested and charged with carrying a weapon in an unauthorized place.