Woman caught with loaded gun at Norfolk International Airport

Posted at 2:21 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 14:22:48-05

NORFOLK, Va. - A North Carolina woman was caught with a loaded handgun at the Norfolk International Airport Friday.

According to TSA officers, an officer found a .380 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets at the checkpoint x-ray machine.

Airport police responded to the checkpoint and confiscated the gun.

Officials say she was detained for further questions and received citation for weapons charge.

Those who bring weapons to the airport checkpoint are subject to federal penalties of $13,333.

The no weapons rule applies to everyone, with or without concealed weapons permit.

The typical fine for those charged with a first offense for carrying a gun into a checkpoint area is around $4,000.

Passengers are able to travel with a firearm in checked baggage if the firearms are properly packed and declared.

Last year, 4,432 firearms were found nationwide in TSA checkpoints. 87% of those firearms found were loaded, according to TSA reports.

For more information regarding gun laws in the airport, click here.