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

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.

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.


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