(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.”