Loaded gun detected at airport checkpoint
HUNTINGTON - A Kentucky man was caught by the Transportation Security Administration with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at the Huntington Tri-State Airport checkpoint Monday.
According to a news release, TSA officers stopped the Van Lear, Kentucky, resident with a .380 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets. TSA contacted the airport police, who came to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun, questioned the man and cited him on a weapons violation.
The man told TSA officials that he forgot he had his loaded gun with him.
Individuals who bring weapons to a checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $13,000. According to the TSA, even those with gun carry permits are not permitted to carry a gun on an aircraft. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900, but the complete list of penalties can be found at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/civil-enforcement.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and packed separately from ammunition, and the gun must be brought to the airline check-in counter to be placed in the belly of the plane with other checked baggage.