LINTHICUM, Md. – A Prince George’s County, Maryland, man was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) on Sunday, August 6, after Transportation Security Administration officers caught him with two guns in his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint.
The man, a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was found to have a loaded 9 mm gun with 12 bullets and two 9 mm magazines with 12 rounds in them in addition to one empty 9 mm magazine. The second gun was an unloaded .22 caliber pistol and a magazine loaded with six bullets. In total, he had 42 bullets with him. The man, who was traveling with two minor children, told officials that he forgot that he was carrying his guns and ammunition with him.
The children were escorted from the checkpoint upon the discovery of the weapons and arrangements were made for a family member to pick them up.
TSA officers detected the guns as the man entered the TSA checkpoint and placed his carry-on items on the X-ray conveyor belt. TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearms and ammunition and arrested the man on weapons charges.
Sunday’s gun catches brought the total number of firearms that TSA officers have detected at BWI so far this calendar year to 21. In 2016, a total of 24 firearms were detected at the airport’s checkpoints by TSA officers.
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As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement. In addition, TSA has the authority to access civil penalties of up to $12,000. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,000.
TSA’s website has details on how to properly travel with a firearm. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.