BALTIMORE – A Montgomery County, Maryland, man was arrested at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) on Wednesday, Sept. 28 after Transportation Security Administration officers discovered him trying to carry a loaded semi-automatic handgun onto an airplane. The .22 caliber handgun was loaded with nine bullets.
TSA officers detected the gun inside the man’s carry-on bag as he entered one of the airport checkpoints. TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on state weapons charges. The man, a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, told officials that he forgot he had the gun with him.
As a reminder, 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. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.
TSA’s website has details on how to properly travel with a firearm. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition, so travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.