Man Tries to Take Gun On Plane

A man bound for his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was caught by security as he tried to take a gun on his plane at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport Thursday afternoon.

Michael Shelton, 57, said he forgot the gun was in his bag.

However, thanks to the security employees, they saw the gun on an X-Ray image inside his bag  as he was going to board his plane, an Allegiant Air Flight 890.

Officials say the gun was a Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter handgun.

Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies were called to the airport at 4:17 p.m. after officials from the Transportation Security Administration notified them of the situation.

Shelton, cooperative with deputies, but was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm and booked in the Pinellas County Jail.

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News Talk Florida Staff