BALTIMORE – Two men were arrested with guns at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport within a four-day span after Transportation Security Administration officers stopped the men at airport checkpoints. The incidents are not believed to be related.
TSA officers detected the guns inside each man’s carry-on bag as he entered one of the airport checkpoints. In both instances, TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearms and arrested the men on state weapons charges.
On Thursday, Nov. 10, police arrested a Gwynn Oak, Maryland, man who was carrying a loaded .38 caliber handgun loaded with five bullets when TSA officers caught him with the weapon at one of the airport checkpoints. The man claimed that he did not know that he had a gun in his carry-on bag and also claimed that it did not belong to him. He was ticketed to fly to Las Vegas.
In the second incident, police arrested a Millsboro, Delaware, man on Sunday, Nov. 13. He was carrying a loaded .22 caliber handgun loaded with six rounds when TSA officers stopped him at the BWI Airport checkpoint. The man, ticketed to fly internationally to Toronto, claimed he forgot that he had a gun with him.
As a reminder, firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on TSA.gov. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition, so travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.