Sparta Man Arrested for Having Loaded Gun at Ford Airport

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Jason Emanouil, Sparta

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 17, 2014) – A man from Sparta was arrested after attempting to pass through security with a loaded handgun at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

An airport spokesperson confirmed that the incident happened early Monday morning when the man attempted to go through the security checkpoint to board a flight with his wife and two children.

Jason Todd Emanouil, 39, a Sparta business owner, had a loaded Ruger 380 in his carry-on baggage, the spokesperson said.  A TSA officer immediately spotted the gun.  While being questioned by the TSA officer, the man told authorities he has a concealed pistol license and had planned to lock the weapon in the safe, but forgot.

He was arrested for carrying a firearm in a sterile area of an airport, which is a misdemeanor.  Emanouil was transported to the Kent County Jail.  Arresting a person with a weapon on airport grounds is standard operating procedure, said the spokesperson.  The man was very cooperative.

The weapons arrest is the airport’s first in 2014.  There was one arrest in 2013 and another in 2012. The airport said there were three incidents in 2011 as well as 2010.


7 Comments to “Sparta Man Arrested for Having Loaded Gun at Ford Airport”

    jenny said:
    February 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Accidents happen….sounds like it was an honest mistake, and these mistakes happen far more than what we are told on the news!!!

    Scherzerfan said:
    February 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    If I didn't know the guy, the story might make me a little nervous. I have no doubt this was an honest mistake.

    Joe Canuski said:
    February 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    It is his responsibility, as a concealed pistol licencee holder, to know where his gun(s) are located at anytime of the day or night, 24/7/365… excuses…

    tc1 said:
    February 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Having a CCW means you have to be that much more vigilant to not make stupid mistakes like this…

    Sally said:
    February 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Know of him also but still scarey. One never knows these days. You are right if you are able to carry a gun you have to be more careful Loaded in a carry on can be dangerous if someone else crim

    hlt said:
    February 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Is he stupid or what?

    AWS85 said:
    February 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Drugs effect the memory. Judging by facial scars and the fact that he looks 53 I'd say that boy has been using meth.

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