TSA: W.Va. woman charged after bringing gun loaded with 6 bullets to Roanoke airport

This semi-automatic handgun was stopped by TSA officers at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport on Thursday, June 21. (TSA photo)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- A West Virginia woman has been charged after TSA officials said she was stopped by officers with a loaded gun at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport checkpoint on Thursday, June 21.

They said the TSA officer who was at the checkpoint saw the .38 caliber handgun inside the woman’s carry-on bag through the x-ray monitor.

They said the gun was loaded with six bullets.

Airport police was notified and officers confiscated the gun and cited the woman on a weapons charge.

TSA officials said this is the second gun that officers detected at the airport this year.

As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $13,000.

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.

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