DULLES, Va. – Transportation Security Administration officers at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) prevented two local men from bringing semi-automatic handguns onto their flights on Friday, March 18, in two unrelated incidents.
A Sterling, Va., resident was caught with an unloaded 9 mm gun along with two loaded magazines with 12 bullets each and a Woodbridge, Va., resident also was stopped with an unloaded 9 mm gun along with 16 loose bullets.
In each instance, the guns and ammunition were detected by TSA officers who were monitoring the X-ray machines at the checkpoints. Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police responded to the checkpoints and cited both men on state weapons charges. There was no impact to airport operations.
As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts, ammunition and antique or realistic replica firearms—are not permitted in carry-on bags, even if an individual has a firearm permit. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.
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.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.