ARLINGTON, Va. – Transportation Security Administration officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) stopped an Alexandria, Virginia, man from bringing a loaded handgun onto a flight on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
The man was stopped at the checkpoint with the firearm, a 9 mm caliber handgun loaded with seven bullets. He was cited by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police on weapons charges after the TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun as it passed along the conveyor belt.
It marked the first firearm caught at a DCA checkpoint so far this year. TSA officers also detected a loaded 9 mm handgun in a carry-on bag at Washington Dulles International Airport earlier this week.
TSA officers immediately contacted the MWAA Police Department 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. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted here. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.