Pregnant woman faces a felony after trying to bring an unloaded handgun back to MinnesotaMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Moorhead woman's flight back from New York turned into a trip to jail.
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Moorhead woman's flight back from New York turned into a trip to jail.
The 29-year-old pregnant military wife is facing a Felony after trying to bring an unloaded handgun back to Minnesota. But she claims she did exactly what Delta Airlines asked of her.
Beth Arneson Ferrizzi/Traveler: "I guess I really didn't think anything of it."
Beth Arneson Ferrizzi, was meeting her husband who was on leave from Honduras. They were meeting in New York, where they would attend his sister's wedding and visit his childhood neighborhood.
Ferrizzi/Traveler: "We definitely don't have any neighborhoods like that around here."
The Master Sergeant Select asked his wife to bring along his handgun, just in case.
Ferrizzi/Traveler: "The part about transporting the actual gun wasn't what I was confused about, it was the ammunition."
Ferrizzi, called Delta, the airline she would use to fly from North Dakota.
It would be her 6 year's old first flight.
Ferrizzi/Traveler: "They said that the firearm had to unloaded and in a hard-sided, locked case. The ammunition had to be stored separated. Not separate from the gun but in either it's original packaging or some sort of a container that kept the bullets from being in contact with each other."
So she did just that.
But it wasn't flying out of Fargo that got Beth in trouble, it was coming back from the LaGuardia Airport where she was arrested by Port Authority Police.
Ferrizzi/Traveler: "They were telling me I wasn't able to transport the firearm. So, I didn't understand that I had done something wrong or that I was in any sort of trouble."
Delta and TSA claim it's the travelers responsibility to know each state's law. In New York, if you're in possession of both a gun and ammunition, the firearm is considered loaded. For Beth, her confusion turned into a crime.
Ferrizzi/Traveler: "Somewhere there's a breakdown in communication and I don't know how to fix that."
The six month pregnant wife, was handcuffed and charged with a Class "C" Felony. Her court date, scheduled in late May, when she expect her new born.
Beth and her husband plan to fight the charges against her. More on her story on the Jay Thomas show on 970-WDAY radio , as well as in the Forum.