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Woman stopped with loaded handgun at Richmond airport

RICHMOND, Va. – A woman was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Wednesday when TSA officers detected a .380 caliber handgun among her carry-on items.

This loaded handgun was detected by TSA officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint on Wednesday, November 30. (TSA photo)

This loaded handgun was detected by TSA officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint on Wednesday, November 30. (TSA photo)

The handgun was loaded with three bullets, including one in the chamber.

TSA officers contacted the Richmond International Airport Police who confiscated the gun and issued a summons to the woman who is a resident of Quinton in New Kent County.

Individuals who bring firearms to the airport security checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $12,000.

Weapons are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are properly packed and declared to the airline.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site here. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens approximately 2 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items.