BALTIMORE (WJZ)— A Prince George’s County man was arrested after he was caught with a stolen gun at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Thursday afternoon.
Airport police say TSA officers caught the man trying to sneak a stolen gun past a security checkpoint.
TSA officers detected the 9mm handgun loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition in the man’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.
The Upper Marlboro man was ticketed to fly to Detroit.
TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man. A check on the firearm determined that it had been reported as stolen in Portland, Oregon. There was no impact to airport operations.
This is the fifth gun that TSA officers have caught at a BWI checkpoint this year.
Also on Thursday, TSA officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport detected a gun in a passenger’s carry-on bag at the checkpoint. That marked its 11th gun stopped at checkpoint this year.
Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000.
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.
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