BALTIMORE – A Prince George’s County man was arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers found a gun in the man’s carry-on bag as he entered a checkpoint at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) early this morning, December 26. The .380 caliber handgun was not loaded.
TSA officers detected the gun inside the man’s carry-on 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 Bowie, Maryland, was ticketed to fly to Los Angeles.
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 its website. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition, so travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.