Last week a Montana man was arrested attempting to carry four loaded pistols onto a flight to Alaska at the Sacramento International Airport.
On Monday Harold Edward Waller, 45, appeared in federal court for a felony charge of carrying a concealed dangerous weapon that would have accessible during flight onto an aircraft. The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The criminal complaint, filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jean Hobler included an attached FBI affidavit that said Waller was “sweaty and fidgeting” and request a flight to “anywhere in Alaska” for a U.S. Airways ticket agent. The agent booked him a flight to Anchorage that stopped in Phoenix, but the man was stopped at the security checkpoint when the Transportation Security Administration spotted a gun in one of Waller’s carry-on bags. Waller had two other guns in his bags and a 9mm handgun in a shoulder holster on his person.
After Waller was arrested his car was searched and eight guns, a combination of rifles and pistols, along with a “high volume” of ammunition, were found. Waller told investigators he had decided to travel to Alaska for a few days, knew he had firearms and was carrying them onto the plane but said he had no intent to harm anyone.