ARLINGTON, Va. – Transportation Security Administration officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) stopped a New Kent County, Virginia, man from bringing a handgun onto a flight on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
The man, a resident of Barhamsville, Virginia, was stopped at the checkpoint with a loaded .45 caliber handgun. He was cited by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police after the TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun as it passed along the conveyor belt. The gun was loaded with seven bullets. 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’s website has details on how to properly travel with a firearm. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.