Pennsylvania man arrested after TSA stopped him with loaded handgun at BWI airport

Local Press Release
Monday, November 6, 2017

LINTHICUM, Md. – A Bedford, Pennsylvania, man was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Sunday, Nov. 5 after a Transportation Security Administration officer caught him with a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint.

The man was found to have a 40 caliber gun loaded with nine bullets and an empty ammunition magazine in his possession. The man, who was originally ticketed to fly to Milwaukee, told officials that he forgot that he was carrying his loaded gun with him.

The TSA officer detected the gun 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 firearm and magazine and arrested the man on weapons charges. 

Sunday’s gun catch brought the total number of firearms that TSA officers have detected at BWI Airport so far this year to 22. In 2016, a total of 24 firearms were detected at the airport’s checkpoints by TSA officers.

TSA Firearms Caught at BWI


Number of Firearms Caught in 2013

Number of Firearms Caught in 2014

Number of Firearms Caught in 2015

Number of Firearms Caught in 2016

Number of Firearms to date in 2017

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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.