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Man cited for bringing loaded 9 mm to airport security checkpoint

The loaded 9 mm handgun officers confiscated Wednesday (TSA)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) - A man tried to bring a loaded 9 mm handgun onto an airplane at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Wednesday, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials.

Officials say the man was stopped as he was going through a checkpoint with the gun, which was loaded with seven bullets.

The TSA says the X-ray machine detected the handgun as it passed along the conveyor belt inside the man's carry-on bag.

Police took the gun and cited the man on a state weapons charge, officials say.

The TSA wants to remind travelers that weapons are not permitted on carry-on bags.

Those who bring guns to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.

TSA officials say travelers can put guns in checked bags if they are properly packaged and declared.

Guns must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition, officials say.

The TSA recommends contacting the specific airline with specific questions regarding firearm and ammunition policies.

To learn more about traveling with guns per TSA guidelines, click here.

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