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Bedford Co. man arrested for packing loaded 9 mm handgun inside carry-on bag at LYH

This loaded 9 mm handgun and ammunition was detected by TSA officers at the Lynchburg Regional Airport checkpoint on Tuesday, September 5. (Photo courtesy of TSA.)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- TSA says officers prevented a local man from bringing a loaded handgun on board a plane at the Lynchburg Regional Airport Tusday.

TSA said the Bedford County man was stopped by officers at checkpoint with a 9 mm handgun loaded with 12 bullets, including one in the chamber and TSA said an additional magazine contained 13 more bullets.

TSA officers detected the gun in his carry-on bag as it passed through the conveyor belt.

Officers immediately contacted the airport police, who responded and confiscated the gun before arresting the man on state weapons charge. Police said there was no impact to airport operations.

TSA said this serves as a reminder that passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint and TSA's advice it to look through your bags throughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.

You can view a comprehensive list of those prohibited items, here.

Weapons, including firearms, firearm parts, and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are properly packed and declared to the airline. If you bring a firearm to the checkpoint, you are subject to possible criminal charges and civil penalties from TSA up to $12,000.

You are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition.

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