Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a man with carrying a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage as he attempted to board a Wednesday morning flight at Kansas City International Airport.
Anthony Winn, 26, of Kansas City, was charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with attempting to carry a loaded firearm onto a commercial flight. He is in custody pending a Jan. 3 detention hearing.
Winn was going through security when X-ray equipment detected the weapon — a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun loaded with 23 live rounds, including one in the chamber — in a carry-on bag, according to the affidavit filed in support of the charges.
He was attempting to board a Delta Air Lines flight to Minneapolis and planned to fly from there to Tucson, Ariz.
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Winn allegedly was carrying $4,906 in his pockets. Authorities also found $26,515 in a pair of pants in his luggage, according to the court documents.
Winn told investigators that he was taking the bag to a friend in Arizona and did not know there was a firearm in it.
Prosecutors said he had prior felony convictions for burglary and unlawful use of a weapon.