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TSA Stops Man with Loaded Handgun at Norfolk International Airport

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Norfolk International Airport intercepted a loaded handgun at the security checkpoint, preventing a threat to flight safety.

The incident occurred when the X-ray unit at the checkpoint flagged a carry-on bag for a closer inspection. Upon investigation, TSA officers discovered the firearm, prompting immediate action. Local police were called to the scene, confiscated the weapon, and cited the traveler on a weapons charge.

In addition to facing criminal charges, the man also risks a significant financial penalty. TSA’s civil penalties for bringing a firearm to a security checkpoint can be as high as $15,000, depending on the circumstances. The case will be forwarded to the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney for possible criminal prosecution.

Robin “Chuck” Burke, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Norfolk International Airport, highlighted the proper protocol for traveling with firearms. “This traveler packed his firearm in a gun case, however, he needed just a few more very important steps before he could travel with it,” Burke explained. “He needed to ensure the firearm was unloaded, then take the locked gun case to his airline to declare he wanted to fly with it. At that point, the airline representative would ensure that the firearm could be transported as checked baggage.”

TSA emphasizes the importance of understanding and following proper procedures for transporting firearms to avoid legal repercussions and ensure the safety of all passengers.

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Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon, BSc., is an Editorial Associate with HSToday. He has over 20 years of experience in writing, social media, and analytics. Matt has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of South Wales in the UK. His diverse work experience includes positions at the Department for Work and Pensions and various responsibilities for a wide variety of companies in the private sector. He has been writing and editing various blogs and online content for promotional and educational purposes in his job roles since first entering the workplace. Matt has run various social media campaigns over his career on platforms including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn on topics surrounding promotion and education. His educational campaigns have been on topics including charity volunteering in the public sector and personal finance goals.
Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon, BSc., is an Editorial Associate with HSToday. He has over 20 years of experience in writing, social media, and analytics. Matt has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of South Wales in the UK. His diverse work experience includes positions at the Department for Work and Pensions and various responsibilities for a wide variety of companies in the private sector. He has been writing and editing various blogs and online content for promotional and educational purposes in his job roles since first entering the workplace. Matt has run various social media campaigns over his career on platforms including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn on topics surrounding promotion and education. His educational campaigns have been on topics including charity volunteering in the public sector and personal finance goals.

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