BALTIMORE – A man who drove to the Baltimore region with a gun, tried to fly home to Oklahoma with it when Transportation Security Administration officers found the gun in the man’s carry-on bag as he entered a checkpoint at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) this morning, Dec. 15. The small .22 caliber Derringer was loaded with two bullets. Another 16 loose bullets also were found in the carry-on bag.
TSA officers detected the gun inside the man’s bag as his items were passing through the checkpoint metal detector. TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on state weapons charges.
The man, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, told officials that he had driven to the area and forgot that he had a loaded gun in his car and claimed that he still did not remember that he had a loaded gun with him in his carry-on bag at the airport.
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’s website has details on how to properly travel with a firearm. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition, so travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.