BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two men were arrested with guns at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport within a four-day span after Transportation Security Administration officers stopped the men at airport checkpoints.
In the first incident, which occurred on Nov. 10, a Gwynn Oak man traveling to Las Vegas and carrying a loaded .38 caliber gun with five bullets in it was stopped by TSA officers at a checkpoint. He claimed he did not know he had the weapon in his carry-on and that it wasn’t his.
A Millsboro, Delaware man traveling to Toronto on Nov. 13 was stopped and found to be carrying a loaded .22 caliber handgun holding six rounds. He claimed he forgot he had the gun with him.
As a reminder, 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. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site here: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition, so travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.