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Gun found in bag at eastern Iowa regional airport

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities at an eastern Iowa regional airport say they've confiscated an unloaded handgun from a passenger's bag.

The incident happened Friday morning at the Dubuque Regional Airport. Officials with the Transportation Security Administration say agents found the unloaded .22 caliber gun inside a carry-on bag.

Agents took the gun and let the passenger board a later flight.

The TSA says it is legal to have a gun on a plane as long as it is unloaded, declared to the airline and properly packed inside a locked hard-sided container. Officials say Friday's incident shut down a security checkpoint for about 10 minutes.

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