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Pa. Man Arrested At BWI Airport With Loaded Handgun

Pa. Man Arrested At BWI Airport With Loaded Handgun”

Officers caught a Manassas man who tried to bring a loaded gun onto a flight from Reagan National Airport, Transportation Security Administration officials said.

A loaded.40-caliber semi-automatic handgun was found in the bag, along with an empty ammunition magazine, on the X-ray conveyor belt at a security checkpoint. He was arrested by Maryland Transportation Authority Police on weapons charges. The man, who was originally ticketed to fly to Milwaukee, told officials that he forgot that he was carrying his loaded gun with him. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.

Farbstein said the gun was the 22nd found at BWI Airport this year. The typical first offense is $3,000. Passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage as long as they are property packaged and declared.



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