Concealed Weapons at the St. Louis Airport

Concealed Weapon St. Louis Airport

In the last year, our St. Louis Criminal Defense attorney has represented a number of individuals charged with carrying concealed weapons at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport. St. Louis airport police and TSA are especially strict and have charged people with carrying prohibited items that were acceptable at other airports. These items include pocket knives, self defense keychains, “cat eyes”, bottle openers, and cheese knives that are discovered during the screening process at the St. Louis airport. In all of these cases, our St. Louis Criminal attorney has been able to obtain either a complete dismissal or a reduced charge that does not result in criminal conviction. If you or a loved one has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon at the St. Louis airport, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation to go over your options.

What is the legal definition of carrying a concealed weapon at the St. Louis Airport?

St. Louis County Municipal Ordinance 716.130 provides:

A person shall not wear under his clothes, or conceal about his person any pistol, revolver, colt, billy, sling shot, cross knuckles or knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, bowie knife, razor, spring-back knife, dirk, dagger or any knife resembling a bowie knife, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon. Nothing in this section shall be so construed to prevent any United States, State, County, or City officer, or any member of the government of St. Louis County, Missouri, from carrying such weapons as may be necessary in the proper discharge of his duties. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent any person who has a valid concealed carry endorsement issued pursuant to Section 571.094 RSMo from engaging in all acts permitted by reason of such endorsement.

A person found guilty of this offense can be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and pay a fine of $1,000.

What are the defenses to carrying a concealed weapon at the St. Louis Airport?

Fortunately, there are defenses available to carrying a prohibited item at the St. Louis Airport. If you have been charged with carrying a prohibited item at the St. Louis Airport, the following defense may be available to you:

  1. You did not knowingly possess the item. For instance, you forgot  your knife was in your backpack.
  2. You belived in good faith that the item was not prohibited. In many of these cases, the item was admitted at another airport.
  3. The item was not concealed.

In addition to these defenses, we can also present mitigation such as lack of criminal history, employment, and character to help persuade the prosecutor to dimiss or reduce the charge.

Will I have to return to St. Louis for Court?

Airport concealed weapons cases will generally fall under the jursidiction of St. Louis County Municipal Court-North Division. We regularly appear in North Division and know the judges and prosecutors well. So long as you have hired our office prior to the court date, the attorney can appear on your behalf and resolve the case without you having to return to St. Louis.

What to do if you’ve been charged with carrying a concealed weapon at the St. Louis Airport

If you or a loved one has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon at the St. Louis Airport, please do not hesitate to contact our St. Louis Criminal Lawyer for a free and confidential consultation. We have obtained a number of dismissals for individuals charged with carrying a concealed weapon at the St. Louis Airport. We will fight to obtain the best outcome possible in your case and ensure that your record remains clean.

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