CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Nallen, W.Va. man was cited by police Oct. 17 after Yeager Airport Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers found a loaded handgun in the man’s carry-on bag.
A TSA officer spotted the gun in the X-ray machine at the checkpoint. The local police were then called to the checkpoint and confiscated the weapon, stating that the man was charged with weapons.
According to the report, “the .380 caliber pistol was loaded with eight rounds, including one in the chamber. An additional pistol magazine loaded with eight more rounds was also loaded with the pistol.”
“Our officers are vigilant and focused on our mission to ensure that no weapons of any kind can be brought onto a flight,” said John C. Allen, TSA’s West Virginia federal security director. “Responsible gun owners know where their firearms are at all times and know not to try to sneak them through a security checkpoint. We are not concerned with whether the firearm is properly packaged so that it can be transported in a checked bag where no one has access to it during the flight.”
For details on how to properly travel with a firearm, you can visit the TSA Web page. It is also recommended that travelers contact their airline and inquire about any additional requirements they may have for traveling with firearms and ammunition.