TSA at Reagan National Airport says they prevented a Stafford, Va. man from bringing a loaded handgun onto his flight on Friday.
The .40 caliber gun was loaded with 10 bullets, including one in the chamber. The handgun was detected via the X-ray machine as the man was entering the security checkpoint with his carry-on items. TSA officials notified police, who confiscated the gun and cited the man on a weapons charge.
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It was the ninth gun detected by TSA officers at the airport so far this year.
“Everyone who owns a firearm needs to know that they are not permitted to be carried through an airport security checkpoint,” said John Busch, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport. “It doesn’t matter if you have a concealed carry permit or not. I encourage all gun owners to positively confirm where their firearm actually is as part of preparing for travel. Too often, travelers say they forgot the gun was in their bag with them. Ignorance is no excuse and it will result in a federal financial civil penalty.”