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Gun in luggage leads to arrest at RDU

Posted May 27, 2008

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— A woman was arrested Monday afternoon at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after authorities found a loaded handgun in a piece of luggage, authorities said.

Sheila Zercoe was charged with having a concealed weapon in her carry-on luggage. She told authorities she had forgotten the .22-caliber handgun was in her luggage.

The incident didn't affect operations at RDU, authorities said.

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  • NeverSurrender May 28, 2008

    "I do stupid stuff, too. However, I do know that pulling the trigger is not a proper way to demonstrate that a gun is unloaded."

    That went above and beyond the call of duty of demonstrating stupidity straight on to utterly retarded. Hopefully they confiscated the weapon and his licence as he was obviously unfit to carry and properly discharge the weapon.

    People need to forget what they see about firearm usage from the television and the movies. For the most part, it's utter rubbish and is likely to get you dead right quick.

    Proper safety training with firearms is critical enough but on an aircraft, it's even more so. There are quite a few things that don't like being shot at (explosive decompression is real hard to get over if you get my drift) and I don't think allowing people who are not trained to discharge a firearm properly in an aircraft to discharge weapons would make the flight a safer place.

    A gun in the hand has but one purpose. Forget that at your peril...

  • FE May 27, 2008

    "Please go ahead and argue that with the Federal Air Marshal Service." [ihaterollerderby]Ah, I don't think this woman was a sworn law-enforcement agent on assigned duty. There is a bit of a difference here.

    Ok....there is a heck of a difference....what an absolultely inane comment.

    FE

  • irishale May 27, 2008

    "I just spoke with an American friend who was raised in Brazil, where criminals walk around with ak-47's. Gun crime is rampant.The govt. does little to stop it. NO law abiding citizen is allowed to own a firearm.NOT ONE! Thank God our founding fathers thought to place the 2nd amendment God forbid it should be taken away!

    Its me again"

    Great example of my point... we can not rely on government to protect us every step of the way... Brazil is a bit of an extreme example... but the government can't sit at your house with you at night in case someone breaks in.

    I'm proud to be an American... and I hope that more people remember what it is to be American before it's too late.

  • Pulling for the Tarheels May 27, 2008

    For all of you who "can see how she forgot it was there" - each of you need to take a flight. With all the rules about carrying certain items and not carrying other items, if you want to get to your destination with the least amount of problems, you will pack your bags according to regulations. You certainly don't begin with a bag that "has something in it" and just pack on top of it - and you can't make me believe that she didn't know it was there; she just hoped to get by with it. If I'm not mistaken, she could have packed it (unloaded of course) in her checked luggage. I for one and glad to know that security found it and had her taken to the big house. Makes me feel a bit safer on my next flight.

  • Glock Ranger May 27, 2008

    Oh, yeah, I nearly forgot to mention the guy who was on his way out west to hunt elk about a month after 9/11. They were checking luggage at the door of Terminal A at RDU when this guy declares his hunting rifle.

    The rifle was all tucked away in a very nice hard case. Perfectly legal. The officer asked him to open the case and demonstrate that the rifle was, indeed, unloaded. The guy opens the case, lifts the rifle out and pulls the trigger!!!

    BAM!!! Shoots out the terminal window and blows his chances for an elk.

    I do stupid stuff, too. However, I do know that pulling the trigger is not a proper way to demonstrate that a gun is unloaded.

    Point weapon in a safe direction, open action and look inside. Remember, all guns are loaded until proven otherwise.

  • Its me again May 27, 2008

    I just spoke with an American friend who was raised in Brazil, where criminals walk around with ak-47's. Gun crime is rampant.The govt. does little to stop it. NO law abiding citizen is allowed to own a firearm.NOT ONE! Thank God our founding fathers thought to place the 2nd amendment God forbid it should be taken away!

  • Glock Ranger May 27, 2008

    Barry Switzer, then coach of the Dallas Cowboys, forgot he had a gun in his carry on bag. He said he was 60, absent minded and moving way too fast!

    He lived alone, kept a gun for protection, in the bedside table. He comes home, his daughter's there with a bunch of people and small kids running around. He walks into the bedroom with his bag in hand, sees his gun lying on the bed where his son left it while looking for something, picked it up, put it in the bag and tossed the bag in the closet. Next day, grabs the bag, heads for the airport, gets nabbed. It can happen!

    I had my 9 on my hip, in plain sight even though I have a concealed permit, after mowing grass and stomping through the woods looking for surveyor's marks on 8 acres of land I was about to go into the local mini-mart. I nearly forgot the pistol was there. I don't care if someone sees my gun, but I like to be more discreet. I don't want to scare the children.

  • 5-113 FA Retired May 27, 2008

    It's Joe Dirt's mom!

  • irishale May 27, 2008

    anybody that says across the board that nobody should be allowed to carry firearms (anywhere, not just on planes) is either an absolute pacifist ( armed thugs love people like you), or one of the 'sheep' that has been brainwashed into letting someone else tell you what's good for you. Those of you who feel that way, I suggest you carefully read your history books again... and then go find the parts that have been left out.

    I don't carry a gun... because I CHOOSE not to, NOT because I was told not to. I have the right to if I want to, loss of that right by the people of any nation rarely turns out well.

    Now... this lady did a really stupid thing... that's not something you 'forget' where you put it!!!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning May 27, 2008

    Not that it sure get her off the hook completely, but the last time she used the luggage may have been a driving trip alone. Staying in random motels and visiting rest areas late at night, I could see someone packing a handgun in an outer compartment. I just think the whole story does make a difference.

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