Pa. man arrested after discovery of a loaded gun at BWI

HANOVER, Md. - A Lancaster County, Pa.  man was arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport detected a loaded gun in a traveler's carry-on bag on Thursday.

TSA contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded, confiscated the .380 caliber firearm, loaded with five rounds and an additional magazine loaded with six rounds and arrested the man, who was headed to Las Vegas, on a state weapons charge.

TSA officials warn that weapons—including 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. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.  

However, TSA adds, 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

For details on how to properly travel with a firearm, visit the TSA website.

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