Replica Gun Found in Carry-On at Bradley

A Waterbury man was arrested at Bradley Airport on Monday after TSA agents found a replica gun in his carry-on luggage, according to police and the Transportation Security Administration.

A news release from Transportation Security Administration said screeners found an 8mm Bruni firearm in the carry-on luggage of Angel Santiago, 32, of Waterbury, who was flying from Bradley International Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, according to TSA.

State police said it was a facsimile handgun. This type of gun fires blanks, according to a Web site dedicated to replica guns.

Agents notified local law enforcement. State police charged Santiago with tampering with airports and carrying a facsimile firearm.

He was released after posting $500 bond and is due in court on August 11. 

TSA said this was the third weapon found in carry-on luggage at Bradley this year.

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