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Man with loaded handgun in carry-on bag arrested at Richmond airport

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 09:44:34-05

This loaded handgun was stopped by TSA officers at a Richmond International Airport this past Friday, December 15. (TSA photo)

RICHMOND, Va. – A Chesterfield County man was arrested at Richmond International Airport after a TSA officer found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the man’s carry on-bag.

According to the TSA, it’s the 16th firearm that officers have caught at a Richmond International Airport checkpoint in 2017, surpassing the 10 guns caught in 2016.

A TSA officer at the checkpoint x-ray monitor detected the .38 caliber handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag. The handgun was loaded with six bullets. The man told officials that he forgot that he was carrying his loaded gun.

As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $13,000. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. The complete list of penalties is posted online here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/civil-enforcement.