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TSA catches second gun in three days at BWI Airport

Gun catch brings the total to 10 so far this year at the airport

Local Press Release
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Firearm discovered at BWI Airport

LINTHICUM, Md. – Transportation Security Administration officers at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) caught a semi-automatic handgun at one of the airport’s checkpoints this morning, marking the second gun caught at the airport in a matter of three days.

The traveler, a resident of Huntersville, NC, was found to have a 9 mm handgun loaded with 15 bullets in his carry-on luggage when the carry-on bag entered the TSA checkpoint x-ray machine. That’s where the gun was spotted by a TSA officer who was staffing the x-ray monitor. The man, who had driven to Baltimore from his home in North Carolina and was planning to fly to Texas for a business trip, told TSA officials that he forgot that he had his loaded gun with him.

TSA contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who reported to the checkpoint, confiscated the loaded gun, and arrested the man on weapons charges. It was the 10th gun that TSA officers have detected at the airport checkpoints so far this year. Last year TSA officers detected 26 firearms at the airport’s checkpoints.

TSA Firearm Catches at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Airport Firearms caught in 2016 Firearms caught in 2017 Firearms caught in 2018 to date
BWI Airport 24 26 10

As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement. Even travelers with firearm permits are not allowed to bring guns onto airplanes. In addition, TSA has the authority to assess civil penalties of up to $13,000 for weapons violations. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. The complete list of penalties is posted online.

TSA 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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