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Loaded Gun Found at CHO Security Checkpoint


Photo courtesy of TSA

Photo courtesy of TSA

June 11, 2013

A Virginia man was stopped by TSA officers at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) on Monday (June 10) after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted a loaded gun in the man’s carry-on bag.

TSA contacted the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Police Department who responded, confiscated the .22 caliber handgun, loaded with 5 rounds.

There was no impact to airport operations. The man was not charged as he presented the local police with his concealed weapon permit.

The man, who was originally ticketed to fly to Atlanta was permitted to catch his flight—minus the gun and ammunition.

As a reminder, weapons—including guns—are not permitted in carry-on baggage.

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.


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