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Loaded handgun stopped at Yeager Airport checkpoint

Man said he forgot that he had his loaded gun with him

Local Press Release
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
CRW Gun Catch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Huntington, West Virginia, man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at Yeager Airport today (Feb. 25), when they detected a 9 mm handgun loaded with five bullets in his carry-on bag.

TSA officials notified the Yeager Airport Police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and detained the man for questioning prior to citing him on weapons charges. The man told officials that he forgot that he had his loaded gun with him.

When an individual shows up at a checkpoint with a firearm, the checkpoint lane comes to a standstill until the police resolve the incident. Guns at checkpoints can delay travelers from getting to their gates.

Guns caught by TSA at the Yeager Airport checkpoint 2016 to 2020

Year

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Guns caught at Yeager Airport

checkpoint

10

6

6

7

2

A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100. This applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane. The complete list of civil penalties is posted online here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/civil-enforcement.

Nationwide last year, 4,432 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging about 12.1 firearms per day, approximately a 5% increase nationally in firearm discoveries from the total of 4,239 detected in 2018. Eighty-seven percent of firearms detected at checkpoints last year were loaded.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.

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