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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – A cowboy sock monkey found itself on the wrong side of the law last week, when a local TSA agent had to confiscate its two-inch long pistol.

"Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed, so I'm sure everyone on the plane was safe," Redmond, Wash. resident Phyllis May told KING 5 in Seattle. May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac, alongside Rooster Monkburn, a sock monkey take-off on "Rooster Cogburn" from "True Grit."

During a routine TSA screening, she told KING 5 that an officer went through her bag, and found Rooster Monkburn's two-inch long pistol.

"She said 'this is a gun," May said. "I said 'no, it's not a gun. It's a prop for my monkey."'

According to KING 5, the TSA officer told May that she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and would need to call police.

"She said 'if I held it up to your neck, you wouldn't know if it was real or not,' and I said really?" May told KING 5.

The TSA officer ultimately did not call police.

Here's the statement the TSA gave King 5:

"TSA officers are dedicated to keeping the nation's transportation security systems safe and secure for the traveling public. Under longstanding aircraft security policy, and out of an abundance of caution, realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags."

You can read KING 5's full story (and see Rooster Monkburn in person) here: http://bit.ly/1krAjQq.

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