So evidently a TSA agent forgot about a firearm he was carrying.
According to the police report, Valdes admitted he knew it was illegal to bring a firearm into the airport and that he just “forgot.” He also said the gun was not registered and he did not have a concealed weapons permit.
(Emphasis Mine) What is most scary though is he was hired and passed the TSA background checks, yet he didn’t apply for a Florida carry license?! It makes me wonder if he was actually eligible for possession of the firearm.
The bottom line here is it just proves the failure of screening processes and gun control. They got lucky this time they caught him carrying the firearm. How many times had he carried into the secure areas unnoticed?
*I am reasonably sure this isn’t the first time an incident like this has occurred, however I cannot find any news record for it and I evidently didn’t blog it. If you find or know of a previous incident, where a TSA agent was caught unlawfully carrying a firearm, please post it in the comments.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.