Newport News, Va. – A Williamsburg man was caught by Transportation Security Administration officials on Thursday as he attempted to carry a loaded handgun through a security checkpoint.
The .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with six rounds in the man’s carry-on bag.
TSA officers immediately contacted Airport Police who responded and took possession of the gun and ammunition and cited the man on a state weapons charge.
Weapons like guns, gun parts and ammunition are never permitted in carry-on bags. They can be taken in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.
Firearms in checked bags should be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and packed separately from ammunition. Ammunition should be in its original box and can be packed inside of a hard-side case next to the firearm. Bullets must be in their original case, even if the box of ammunition is not full.
The case with the firearm should be brought to the airline check-in counter. Airline representatives must be informed that the passenger wants to travel with the gun.
More information about how to travel with a firearm is posted on https://www.tsa.gov/travel/transporting-firearms-and-ammunition.