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Passenger tried to board Dulles flight with firearm

A passenger was caught trying to board a flight at Washington Dulles International Airport Jan. 3 with a weapon in his carry-on bag, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

A Charlottesville man was cited after officers found a 9 mm Ruger firearm.

TSA contacted the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) Police, who regularly patrol the airport.

The police responded, confiscated the gun and cited the man on a local weapons charge. There was no impact to airport operations. After he was cited, the man, who was ticketed to fly to Denver, was permitted to catch his flight without the firearm.

Firearm detected by TSA at IAD checkpoint on Jan. 3

At Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport another passenger was found to have a stun gun in his carry-on bag. MWAA Police responded, confiscated the weapon and cited him on a state weapons charge. He was permitted to catch his flight to Raleigh-Durham without the weapon.

Weapons are not permitted in carry-on baggage.

The TSA’s 40,000 security officers screened more than 603 million passengers at 450 airports across the country in 2012 and stopped more 1,500 firearms at checkpoints.

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.

Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.
Details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on TSA’s website at http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition.

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