Sacto 9-1-1
May 22, 2013
Man draws prison term for trying to board plane with loaded gun

A Montana man arrested last year at Sacramento International Airport when he attempted to board a plane with a concealed firearm has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Harold E. Waller, 46, of Circle, Mont., was sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. He will be subject to three years of supervised release when he completes his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, in March 2012, Waller drove from Montana to Sacramento. On March 22, he purchased a one-way ticket to Alaska at the US Airways counter for the same day. Waller proceeded to the security checkpoint, placed three bags on the table near the X-ray belt and waited his turn to proceed through individual screening.

Authorities said Waller removed his jacket, revealing a shoulder holster containing a gun. Shortly afterward, a Transportation Security Administration employee screening the bags identified a gun in the first bag to go through the X-ray device.

Waller acknowledged that the bag with the gun was his and said there were more guns in the bag. A search of his bags revealed that each of the three bags contained a loaded gun and significant amounts of ammunition, loose and in clips, authorities said. The gun in the shoulder holster, a Smith & Wesson 9 mm, model 6906 handgun, also was loaded.

Waller admitted he knew he had weapons, knew they were loaded and knew he was not supposed to transport them through the checkpoint or have them on the plane.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.

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