San Diego, CA–A San Diego resident was sentenced to nine months in custody for attempting to board an international flight from San Diego International Airport to London with a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage.
According to admissions in his plea agreement, Elan Leroy Gwynn, 36, proceeded through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint on March 17. Gwynn placed his carry-on luggage on the conveyor belt for the X-ray machine, and TSA officers identified an object that appeared to be a loaded firearm.
San Diego Harbor Police officers responded and discovered, loose in the bottom of Gwynn’s bag, a Glock 19 replica ghost gun with a fifteen-round magazine, loaded with eleven 9-millimeter rounds of ammunition. A ghost gun is a firearm made by an individual without a serial number or other identifying markings. Ghost guns are illegal under California law. Gwynn was also in possession of several grams of methamphetamine. The FBI responded and placed Gwynn under arrest.
U.S. District Judge Janice Sammartino also ordered Gwynn to pay a $5,000 fine and ordered forfeiture of the gun and ammunition seized in this case.
“Firearms have no place on airplanes and pose a serious threat to all aboard,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “If individuals engage in this type of dangerous behavior, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will investigate and bring appropriate charges.” Grossman thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaclyn Stahl as well as the FBI, San Diego Harbor Police and TSA for their excellent work on this case.
“The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is available to respond immediately to investigate federal violations of law that threaten the safety of airline passengers,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Suzanne Turner. “The safety of the flying public is a priority for the FBI.”
If convicted, Gwynn could receive ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.