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Lewisburg man cited for bringing loaded gun to DC airport

(WVVA) TSA officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport cited a West Virginia man for bringing a loaded gun into the facility.

The unidentified man from Lewisburg, WV was cited after airport security detected the .380 caliber handgun in his carry-on bag. Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police were contacted. The gun was seized, and its owner was cited on a state weapons charge.

Besides possible criminal charges, the civil penalties for a typical first offense is $3,900.

This year, TSA officers have found 10 guns at the airport. They caught 16 firearms in all of 2018.

“Nationwide last year, 4,239 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging about 11.6 firearms per day, approximately a 7 percent increase nationally in firearm discoveries from the total of 3,957 detected in 2017,” according TSA spokesman Lisa Farbstein, “Eighty-six percent of firearms detected at checkpoints last year were loaded and nearly 34 percent had a bullet in the chamber.”

Click here for more information about penalties for carrying prohibited items inside a U.S. airport.  For information on how to properly travel with a firearm and ammunition, click here.


Paul Hess

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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