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Chesterfield man brings loaded gun to Richmond airport

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Oct 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-14 12:36:11-04
TSA officers caught this handgun in a passenger’s carry-on baggage at RIC Airport on Monday, October 13. (PHOTO: Transportation Security Administration )

TSA officers caught this handgun in a passenger’s carry-on baggage at RIC Airport on Monday, October 13. (PHOTO: Transportation Security Administration )

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Airport Police cited a Chesterfield man on a state weapons charge after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers found a loaded gun in the man’s bags at a security checkpoint.

“TSA officers detected the 9 mm caliber firearm, which was loaded with seven rounds in the resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint,” Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. “The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun and extra magazine inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.”

The man’s weapon was confiscated and the incident did not impact airport operations.

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