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TSA Finds Gun in Man's Carry-On at Plattsburgh International Airport

Plattsburgh TSA agents stopped a man with a handgun and a clip with six rounds as he was going through security on Thursday.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. 

UPDATE: A Clinton County Lawmaker is explaining how he was caught with a gun trying to board a flight at the Plattsburgh Airport.

Investigators said Jonathan Beach was stopped with a handgun and a clip with six rounds as he was going through security.

TSA Agents stopped 39-year-old Dr. Jonathan Beach at the checkpoint.

Beach who is a local lawmaker and well known doctor, told authorites he accidently brought the gun into the airport

Thursday morning at the Pattsburgh Arport, the handgun, a Beretta 380 was found in a bag at the TSA checkpoint.

The airport manager said this is the first time he's known of anyone being stopped with a gun trying to board a plane there.

"There was not a round in the chamber. There was less than 10 rounds as per the Safe Act. He fell within every regulation for state and local laws," said Sheriff David Favro, Clinton County Sheriff's Department.

The Clinton County Sheriff held a press conference Friday afternoon to explain what happened.

Sheriff Favro said Dr. Jonathan Beach  was on his way to a medical conference in Maine.

Beach told officials his gun bag and personal bag are almost identical, and he grabbed the wrong one.

Beach is a gun collector and has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

"He provided his permit right away. The numbers of his handgun are on there, the serial number on his permits was on there. We verified the serial number of that gun as being on his permit.," said Sheriff Favro.

The TSA and Sheriff's Deputies took the gun, and let Beach continue on his flight.

"At no point in time was there any threat to public safety, was there any threat to anyone that was there. TSA notified us immediately, we responded immediately," Favro added.

Dr. Beach released a statement saying, "He sincerely appreciates the rapid and professional response of both TSA and the Sheriff's Office to ensure public safety for all."

The Sheriff who spoke to Beach says the Doctor was disappointed and upset with himself.

TSA Officials are holding on to the gun for now.

Beach isn't facing any local or state charges.

While he could face federal charges, the Sheriff said he hopes that isn't the case, since he thinks it was a mistake


EARLIER REPORT: Plattsburgh TSA agents stopped a man with a handgun and a clip with six rounds as he was going through security  on Thursday.

Dr. Jonathan Beach, 39, is a Clinton County Legislator and well known doctor. He was on his way to a medical conference in Maine.

Dr. Beach says his gun bag and personal bag are almost identical and he simply grabbed the wrong one. He is a gun collector and has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

"At no point in time was there any threat to public safety, was there any threat to anyone that was there," Clinton County Sheriff David Favro said.  "TSA notified us immediately, we responded immediately. "

Dr. Beach continued on his flight and isn't facing any local or state charges. TSA and sheriff's deputies took his gun and are holding onto it for now.
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