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Harford County, Maryland, man arrested after he was caught with loaded handgun at BWI Airport

Third gun detected by TSA officers at BWI so far this month

Local Press Release
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
TSA officers prevented a man from bringing this loaded handgun onto an airplane on Monday, April 17, at BWI Airport.

BALTIMORE – A Harford County, Maryland, man was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) on Monday, April 17, after Transportation Security Administration officers caught him carrying a loaded handgun at a security checkpoint.

The man, a resident of Fallston, Maryland, was caught with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun loaded with 15 bullets, including one in the chamber. It was the third firearm that TSA officers at the airport have detected so far this month.

TSA officers detected the gun as the man entered the TSA checkpoint and placed his carry-on items on the X-ray conveyor belt. TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on state weapons charges.  

It marked the eighth firearm that TSA officers have detected at the airport checkpoints so far this year.

TSA Firearms Caught at BWI

 

Number of Firearms Caught in 2013

Number of Firearms Caught in 2014

Number of Firearms Caught in 2015

Number of Firearms Caught in 2016

Number of Firearms to date in 2017

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

 

13

 

14

 

16

 

24

 

8

 

As a reminder, individuals 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. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

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