Mechanicsville man charged with having loaded gun in carry-on at Richmond airport
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A Mechanicsville man has been charged with having a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at Richmond International Airport.
Transportation Security Administration officers said they found a 9mm handgun loaded with 15 bullets inside the man’s carry-on.
The gun was found after his carry-on items were scanned at security checkpoints.
Police responded and confiscated the handgun. Officers issued the man a citation. The TSA said he also faces a stiff federal financial civil penalty for bringing a loaded gun to an airport security checkpoint.
“It’s only four days since the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation, and awareness for security protocols should still be at the top of every traveler’s mind. The last thing we want to see on a plane is a loaded gun or any other weapon,” said Robin “Chuck” Burke, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport. “We take it extremely seriously when our officers stop a traveler with a gun or weapons such as knives, tasers etc., at a checkpoint. This man now faces a stiff federal financial civil penalty.”
So far this year, 12 firearms have been stopped from going through checkpoints at Richmond International Airport.
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