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Loaded Gun Found in Carry-on Bag at CHO

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This gun was detected by a TSA officer at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport checkpoint. (Photo courtesy of TSA) This gun was detected by a TSA officer at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport checkpoint. (Photo courtesy of TSA)

A TSA officer spotted a loaded gun in a bag going through the security screening Monday. Airport police confiscated a 22-caliber handgun, which contained five rounds.   

The passenger had a concealed carry permit so he was not charged. He was allowed to catch his flight to Atlanta, minus the gun and ammunition.    

The TSA wants to remind everyone that weapons are not allowed in carry-on baggage.


Transportation Security Administration

Press Release

A Virginia man was stopped by TSA officers at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) on Monday (June 10) after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted a loaded gun in the man’s carry-on bag.

TSA contacted the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Police Department who responded, confiscated the .22 caliber handgun, loaded with 5 rounds. There was no impact to airport operations. The man was not charged as he presented the local police with his concealed weapon permit. The man, who was originally ticketed to fly to Atlanta was permitted to catch his flight—minus the gun and ammunition.

As a reminder, weapons—including guns—are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items. Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.

If a gun: Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site here: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

Passengers can review the prohibited items list on the TSA homepage or they can download the free MyTSA application from the TSA homepage. The TSA web site and the MyTSA app have a “Can I Bring?” feature that allows users to type in items they plan to bring on a trip to get an explanation of TSA’s security policies for the item, including whether the item can be taken in carry-on luggage through the security checkpoint, packed in checked baggage, both, or neither. The mobile app is available to download for free at tsa.gov.

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