Southampton County man caught with loaded gun at Richmond International Airport

Local Press Release
Monday, April 19, 2021
This handgun was detected by TSA officers among a passenger’s carry-on items at Richmond International Airport on April 18. (TSA photo)

RICHMOND, Va. – Transportation Security Administration officers at Richmond International Airport caught a Southampton County, Virginia, man with a .45 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets among his carry-on items at the security checkpoint yesterday, Sunday, April 18.   

TSA alerted airport police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the handgun and arrested the man, a resident of Capron, Virginia, on a weapons charge. The man told officials that it was his wife’s gun and that he didn’t know that he had her gun with him. In addition to his arrest, he now faces a stiff federal financial civil penalty.

TSA reserves the right to issue a civil penalty to travelers who have guns and gun parts with them at a checkpoint. Civil penalties for bringing a handgun into a checkpoint can stretch into thousands of dollars, depending on mitigating circumstances. This applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane. The complete list of civil penalties is posted online. If a traveler with a gun is a member of TSA PreCheck®, that individual will lose their TSA PreCheck privileges.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.








Richmond International Airport







*Significantly fewer passengers due to the pandemic.

Nationwide, TSA officers detected 3,257 firearms on passengers or their carry-on bags at checkpoints last year, although the total number of passengers screened at airport checkpoints across the country fell by 500 million compared to 2019 due to the pandemic. The result was that twice as many firearms per million passengers screened were detected at checkpoints in 2020 compared to 2019. In 2020, TSA caught approximately 10 firearms per million passengers as compared to about five firearms per million passengers in 2019.  Of the guns caught by TSA in 2020, about 83 percent were loaded.