Two local residents cited at Norfolk International Airport checkpoint after TSA spots them with handguns at checkpoints within three days

Local Press Release
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. — A Chesapeake, Virginia, man and a Norfolk, Virginia, woman each were cited after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers detected handguns in their carry-on bags at Norfolk International Airport checkpoints within a three-day period. They marked the 10th and 11th handguns caught by TSA officers at the airport’s checkpoints so far this year.

On Friday, Dec. 22, a Chesapeake, Virginia, man was caught by TSA officers with a .22 caliber revolver in his carry-on bag and three days later, a Norfolk, Virginia, woman was stopped with a .40 caliber handgun, which was loaded with nine bullets.

In both instances, the guns were spotted by a TSA officers who were staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine and spotted the firearms in carry-on bags. TSA immediately contacted the Norfolk Airport Authority Police, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the guns and cited the individuals on a weapons charge. The two incidents are not believed to be related.

Guns caught at Norfolk International Airport

Year Number of firearms caught at checkpoints
2016 11
2017 14

As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $13,000. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900.

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. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

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.