TSA: Man brings loaded .40 gun to local airport

The gun officials took from the Augusta County man (TSA)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) – TSA officials say an Augusta County man was caught with a loaded handgun at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport on Sunday.

Officials say the .40 caliber gun was loaded with 13 bullets, including one in the chamber.

They say the gun was found in the man's carry-on bag as he was entering the security checkpoint.

TSA officers contacted the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Public Safety Department, which sent police officers to respond to the checkpoint, where they confiscated the firearm from the Stuarts Draft, Virginia, resident.

They say Sunday's gun catch marked the fourth firearm caught at that airport checkpoint this calendar year.

Officials want to remind people that firearms, firearm parts and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed, and declared to the airline.

Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.

To learn more about those regulations, click here.

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