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Officer turns in gun found in his luggage at airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the police department's counterterrorism bureau has turned in the unlicensed handgun that airport screeners found in his carryon luggage last month.

"He did it voluntarily," Sgt. Catherine Plows, a police spokeswoman, said Friday. "He just thought there was a lot of unnecessary press about it when there didn't need to be."

The police department had issued John Miller the .38-caliber Smith & Wesson, but it was never registered because of a paperwork glitch, officials said.

Miller, an ABC-TV reporter before he was hired for the security job, was off duty and traveling to New York to tape a farewell message for Barbara Walters, his retiring former "20/20" co-host, when airport officials discovered the gun.