This will likely start a wave of gun control chatter. But when are we going to stop blaming the guns and start taking responsibility for our actions? Did the FBI do anything to stop this man even after he told them he was with ISIS? There were so many, many warning signs something was wrong with this man. Nothing serious was done and now five people are dead. When will people learn that looking out for warning signs can prevent tragedies?
Esteban Santiago, a 26-year-old Iraq war veteran, claimed his bag, went to the bathroom to load his handgun and then started shooting people, killing five and wounding eight.
Santiago was within his rights to carry his gun unloaded in his checked baggage.
The TSA’s rules state that a firearm must be unloaded and placed in a locked hard-sided container that completely secures the firearm as checked baggage.
His firearm would have had to have been declared at the counter.
Ammunition may also only go in checked baggage, either in a secure box or in the same hard-sided case as a firearm.
Delta – which Santiago was flying on – applies additional rules.
Gun owners must sign a ‘Firearms Unloaded’ declaration and present guns at check-in.