Loaded handgun discovered at Lynchburg Airport security on Tuesday

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This gun was discovered in a Danville woman's carry-on bag at Lynchburg Regional Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 12. (Photo: Courtesy Transportation Security Administration)

This gun was discovered in a Danville woman’s carry-on bag at Lynchburg Regional Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 12. (Photo: Courtesy Transportation Security Administration)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A Danville woman was caught at Lynchburg Regional Airport with a loaded handgun Tuesday, Nov. 12.

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the woman had a .38 caliber handgun loaded with five bullets. It was discovered in her carryon bag as it went through an X-ray machine at the TSA screening checkpoint.

A TSA officer located the weapon and “immediately contacted the local police, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and detained her for questioning before issuing her a summons,” the TSA said in an email. “She told officials that she forgot that she had her loaded gun with her.”

The agency reminds travelers traveling with firearms to make sure the guns are unloaded and packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from its ammunition. TSA said it is also important to know that different states and municipalities have varying gun laws.

A California man was stopped with a loaded handgun at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport earlier this month. It was the fifth gun confiscated at Roanoke’s airport this year.

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