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“GUN DISCHARGES AT TICKET COUNTER AT BUSH IAH, AIRPORT OFFICIALS CONFIRM,” announces with all-caps amazement. Which leaves pedantic readers wondering, how did a gun discharge all on its own? “A gun was accidentally fired at the ticket counter inside Bush Airport today.” Ah. OK. Still passive – not “an irresponsible gun owner [of the day] negligently discharged a firearm at a ticket counter” – but not that passive. But wait! There’s more . . .

According to airport officials, a passenger at the Delta ticket counter in Terminal A had a gun in his carry-on baggage and was taking it out to check it in. That’s when it reportedly fired inside the bag.

The man was detained and questioned at the airport. He’s facing a deadly conduct charge, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

We’re told there are no reports of injuries and no disruption of service.

Huh. I travel with my guns on a regular basis. I unload them before transport. And make damn sure they’re unloaded when I show them to the agent (when required). Finger on the trigger? You must be joking, mate. Luckily, I don’t own any guns that fire themselves. Anyway, another teachable moment wasted. Another “guns are dangerous” meme perpetuated.


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  1. Yup, anther idiot throws his gun in a bag without a holster and then forgets he left it in there. He gets to security and WHOA I forgot! and heads back to the counter to check in his gat. That I guess is OK, as it seems to happen so regularly–but no holster???
    Is there a pool on what gun it was? (Glock.)

  2. If the slide and barrel are removed from the frame then there is no chance that an airline security “expert” will cause ballistic flight delay. Simple and quick enough to reassemble and put in holster once you reach your personal/rental car.

  3. Mine goes in a locked case as per airline regulations before I get to the airport. The TSA inspector has never taken it out of the case to look at it. He/she just asks a few questions and passes the electronic dog sniffer stuff around the case to check for drugs or whatever. Then they put the signed card in the case, close it and I am on my way. Don’t like the way that Southwest does it because they do not give me any kind of receipt or acknowledgement that they did anything or that the gun is in the checked bag. Alaska seems much better in that respect. Guessing the guy in the article wanted to carry until the last minute and then forgot about his gun. Which seems VERY hard to do. Must have had WAY too much on his mind that day. Even if that was the case it seems very unusual that his finger found itself on the trigger at some point.

  4. Gun was in his carry on ? Wondering if he was some kind of law enforcement ? Gun typically goes in your checked bag when you board an airplane for us normal folks. The news story says “shooting” which seems like the wrong word for what happened. Shooting implies that someone was intentionally firing a gun at someone doesn’t it ? Accidental discharge seems more appropriate. Suppose it is too much to ask for accurate reporting from the News.

  5. I caught hell here before because I pretty much said that anyone who tried to board a plane with a gun is a d—–bag. I still stand by my assertion . I travel frequently with my firearm. I make sure it is in its case, unloaded, the case is locked with two locks and is checked. It’s not accidentally in my carry on.
    People who do that should be barred from flying for five years, since my comment that they should be relieved of possession rights didn’t go so well, ok, then no flying then, since flying isn’t constitutionally protected.

  6. “Huh. I travel with my guns on a regular basis. I unload them before transport.”

    The report said it was in his carry on baggage. Sounds like he was not planning on bringing the gun. This is why you do not off body carry. Why do people keep guns in bags (other than a bug out bag) and forget they are in there?

  7. you’re reading too much into too little. it’s not ‘all caps amazement’; this website’s headline style is all caps on all stories. you yourself acknowledge the story places responsibility in the hands of a person, so all in all, the case is pretty weak here for crying media foul, making doing that as meme-like as what you’re objecting to.

    here’s another story today with concealed carry at its core. note the cool heads and how the victims prevail, though i wouldn’t want to be in the emotional shoes of the woman, who chose to pass off the gun and then watched her husband get shot three times.

  8. Guns don’t go off on their own. He must have had some other crap in the bag with the gun which when jostled around hit the trigger of pistol. Not sure why he was carrying the gun in a bag with no holster or in a carry case – or why there was chambered rounds in a firearm he was going to “check in.”

  9. Probably a victim of the rubber stamp CCW courses so common now. Which of the four rules did he break? Was it covered in class or might that have made gun sound dangerous?

    But hey, without folks like Austin, there’d be no YouTube Gun Fails. I want the surveilance footage!

    • Don’t blame an unconstitutional law for this idiot’s act. I never took a CCW class because it is not required in GA. Stupid is as stupid does. Ever heard of a cop having an ND? You need to rethink your Fudd comment before someone gets the wrong idea about you.


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