A Lynchburg 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 Monday, April 8.
They said the TSA officers who was at the checkpoint saw the 9mm caliber handgun inside the woman’s carry-on bag through the x-ray monitor.
They said the gun was loaded with 10 bullets.
Airport police were notified and officers confiscated the gun and cited the woman on a weapons charge.
According to TSA officers, this is the first gun that TSA officers have detected at the airport so far this year. In 2018, six guns were caught at the airport’s checkpoint.
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. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.