ARLINGTON, Va. - Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stopped a man from bringing a loaded handgun onto a flight on Sunday.
According to TSA the man was stopped at the checkpoint with a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun in his carry-on bag. The gun was loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber.
The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun as it passed along the conveyor belt.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police, and when they arrived at the checkpoint, they confiscated the firearm and cited the man on a state weapons charge. There was no impact to airport operations.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition.