Lynchburg man tries to bring loaded handgun on plane

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A Lynchburg man tried to bring a loaded handgun on an airplane at the Lynchburg Regional Airport on Tuesday.

The man was stopped by TSA officers at a checkpoint with a .380 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets.

TSA officers detected the gun as the man’s carry-on bag was passing through the conveyor belt in the checkpoint X-ray machine.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Lynchburg Regional Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and issued the man a citation on a state weapons charge.

Weapons are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are 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 up to $12,000.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition.