LINTHICUM, Md. – Transportation Security Administration officers at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) stopped a Maryland man from bringing a collapsible rifle onto an airplane on Friday, October 12th.
The man, a resident of Hagerstown, Maryland, was found to have a .40 caliber rifle in his carry-on bag. It was not loaded. The rifle was detected by a TSA officer when the man’s carry-on luggage entered the TSA checkpoint X-ray machine.
TSA contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and arrested the man on weapons charges. The man claimed he did not know that he was carrying a rifle because he his mother packed his bag.
It marked the 20th gun caught at one of the airport checkpoints so far this year. Last year TSA officers detected 26 firearms at the airport’s checkpoints.
When someone brings a firearm to a checkpoint, it closes the checkpoint lane until the situation can be resolved, thus forcing the other travelers to shift into another lane and delaying their passage through the checkpoint.
TSA Firearm Catches at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Firearms Caught in 2016
Firearms caught in 2017
Firearms caught in 2018 (as of 10-16-18)
As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement. Even travelers with firearm permits are not allowed to bring guns onto airplanes. In addition, TSA has the authority to assess civil penalties of up to $13,000 for weapons violations. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. The complete list of penalties is posted online.
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.