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TSA Officers Detect Firearms at Airport Checkpoints

A Kanawha County, West Virginia, woman was stopped by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Yeager Airport on April 20, when they detected a .38 caliber revolver loaded with four bullets in her carry-on bag.

TSA officials notified the Yeager Airport Police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and detained the woman for questioning prior to citing her on weapons charges. The woman, a resident of Tornado, West Virginia, told officials that she forgot that she had a loaded gun with her.

Meanwhile, on April 19 at Boston Logan International Airport, a TSA officer prevented a woman from bringing a .22 caliber handgun along with four loose bullets onto an airplane.

The TSA officer stopped the woman, a resident of Florida, when the gun was spotted as her belongings entered the checkpoint X-ray machine. TSA officials contacted the Massachusetts State Police, who confiscated the handgun and detained the woman for questioning prior to citing her on a state weapons charge. 

And on April 21, a TSA officer at Orlando International Airport alerted the Orlando Police Department that a passenger at the checkpoint had a gun in his carry-on bag. The 26-year-old man faces criminal charges for carrying a firearm in a place prohibited by law.

Also inside his bag – safely maintained by the TSA inside the x-ray machine until police arrived and took possession of the gun – was 15 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.

Read the full guidance for traveling with firearms at TSA

This story was updated on April 22 to include the information from Orlando International Airport.

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