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Colorado lawmaker arrested after loaded gun found in bag by TSA agent

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Colorado state Rep. Lori Saine. Colorado state Rep. Lori Saine.

DENVER – Colorado state lawmaker Lori Saine was arrested at Denver International Airport Wednesday for “knowingly” bringing a loaded 9mm gun to the TSA screening checkpoint.

Saine, 43, a Republican who represents District 63 in the Dacono and Firestone area, was stopped at the North Screening checkpoint Tuesday.

Lori Saine (credit: Denver Police)

The loaded Kahr Arms 9mm semi-auto handgun, with four rounds in the magazine, was observed on the X-ray screening machine inside a bag belonging to Saine. There was not a round in the chamber.

Denver International Airport (credit: CBS)

According to police documents, Saine “knowingly brought the handgun into the North Screening Check point.”

She was arrested on investigation of introduction of a firearm in a public transportation facility. The charge of carrying a weapon in a transportation facility is a class 6 felony.

Last year, 98 firearms were seized at DIA checkpoints, that’s the fifth highest of all airports in the country. TSA said that most are not turned over to police and result in civil charges. The average fine is $3,900 and can increase to $13,000.

Saine appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon.

In the 2017 legislative session, Saine sponsored a bill to repeal prohibitions on ammunition magazines. That bill died in committee.

She serves on three committees, the Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee, and the Legislative Audit Committee.

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