Man arrested at airport with gun strapped to prosthetic leg, police say

Published: Friday, May 24 2013 6:35 p.m. MDT

Airport police arrested a man Thursday night who allegedly had a loaded gun strapped to his prosthetic leg.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Airport police arrested a man Thursday night who allegedly had a loaded gun strapped to his prosthetic leg.

An alarm went off at Salt Lake City International Airport when Jeffery Adam McClure entered the advanced imaging technology scanner about 11:30 p.m.

Transportation Security Administration officials advised him they were going to do a pat-down search. McClure told the agent he had a prosthetic leg, and at that point remembered he had a gun strapped to the leg's ankle, inside the boot, according to police documents.

A holstered Jennings .22 pistol was recovered in a TSA screening. The gun had six rounds in its clip and one in the chamber, the report states.

McClure, who was travelling with his wife, had a ticket to fly to Charlotte, N.C. He was arrested for investigation of carrying a concealed weapon in a secure area and was booked into Salt Lake County Jail.

It is the third firearm recovered by TSA at the airport in the past week and the 19th this year, TSA reported. Anyone wishing to travel with a firearm must declare them and transport them in checked luggage. The weapon must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container.

— McKenzie Romero

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