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Chapman used handgun legally bought in Hawaii to kill Lennon. Could that happen today?

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 1980 file photo, a man adjusts one of the wreaths that cover the wrought iron front gate to the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived. Thirty-five years ago on Dec. 8, Mark David Chapman shot and killed Lennon with a gun he purchased legally in Hawaii, a former Beatles member. (AP Photo/Lyndon Fox, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 1980 file photo, a man adjusts one of the wreaths that cover the wrought iron front gate to the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived. Thirty-five years ago on Dec. 8, Mark David Chapman shot and killed Lennon with a gun he purchased legally in Hawaii, a former Beatles member. (AP Photo/Lyndon Fox, File)  (The Associated Press)

Thirty-five years ago, Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon.

The former Beatle was felled with Charter Arms .38-caliber pistol that the 25-year-old Chapman purchased legally in Hawaii. He hid it in his luggage.

At that time, baggage wasn't screened like it is today. Air travelers are still able to take a gun with them on a flight as long as they declare the weapon, unload it, lock in a hard case and check it in their luggage. Security experts say there's nothing to prevent someone who follows proper security procedures from collecting the firearm from the baggage carousel at the destination airport, even if the weapon is illegal to possess in the jurisdiction to which they have traveled.

Chapman pleaded guilty and is serving 20-years to life in prison. He was denied parole last year.