TSA catches loaded handgun at airport

May 21, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A Vienna, West Virginia, man was caught by Transportation Security Administration officers with a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his carry-on bag at the Huntington Tri-State Airport on Saturday.

According to TSA, the discovery marked the fourth gun caught at the airport’s checkpoint so far this year — twice as many as were caught in 2018 in just the first five months of 2019. TSA officers caught two firearms at the HTS checkpoint in 2018.

TSA officers spotted the gun when the man’s belongings entered the X-ray machine, according to a news release. They contacted the airport police, who confiscated the gun and detained the man for questioning before citing him on a weapons charge.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement.

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