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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- An airport security screener in St. Louis apparently seized a toy pistol from a cowboy sock monkey because it apparently looked too real.

KING-TV reports a   TSA agent at Lambert Airport discovered the tiny gun in a carry-on bag of sewing supplies belonging to a Washington state woman.

The woman says she was embarrassed when the agent allegedly threatened to call police.

No one was called and she got her sewing supplies back, minus the toy gun.

The TSA issued a statement saying "Under long-standing aircraft security policy, and out of an abundance of caution, realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags."

5 comments

  • mike reinhardt

    Small do work, see: Swiss Mini-Gun
    The Swiss Mini-Gun is a working miniature gun. Not that it has much in the way of stopping power. The 2.34mm rim fire ammunition puts out a measly 0.97 joule of energy. That is significantly less than most BB guns or air rifles. But a tiny gun that actually shoots real tiny bullets is interesting, don’t you think? If nothing else this can be appreciated for the level of craftsmanship and precision that the Swiss usually reserve for their watches. It is interesting to look at, but I fail to see why anyone would want to own.

    There are two models offered by the company, a stainless steel version and a solid gold version. The stainless steel version will ship with a leather holster, 24 live and 24 blank cartridges and a cleaning set. The solid gold version can be customized according to your wishes. You can bling it up with diamonds or whatever you want. Like the stainless steel version, it ships with 24 live and 24 blank cartridges, but it also has a rocket launcher tube and 36 luminous rockets. It is all packed into a green tinted maple presentation box.

    As you probably already assumed, they are expensive. With the dollar at the level that it is now, the price of the stainless steel version works out to about $5418. Not that the price will matter, they are not importable into the United States. The Swiss mini-gun fails to meet minimum size requirements and is not considered sporting. The website will give you an up-to-date list of countries that they will export to and what, if any, permits you will need. There is no price on the solid gold version, but given the price of the stainless steel model, we are guessing that it is very, very steep.

    http://conceptualgadget.blogspot.com/2010/12/swiss-mini-gun.html

  • me

    Give me a effing break! This Nation has gone mad!!! What’s next? Notebook paper? You could give someone on the plane a really bad papercut with that stuff.

  • Keith Parker

    It scares me this is what passes for security. At this rate, the bad guys are winning.

    I guess “common sense” isn’t common anymore.

    That’s why I drive.

  • Howard

    You have this level of airport security because we’ve allowed millions of Muslims to immigrate here. The vast majority are law abiding but they provide the sea that terrorists swim in. Liberty or diversity: pick one.

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