RICHMOND, Va. — A Richmond man was arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded gun inside his carry-on bag at Richmond International Airport on Sunday.
“TSA officers detected the handgun, a .380 caliber semi-automatic, loaded with 13 rounds including one in the chamber, in the man’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. “The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.”
The man was charged with state weapons violation. Airport traffic was not impacted, Farbstein said.
“This incident serves as a reminder that passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items,” Farbstein said. “Weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.”
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site.