Leesburg mother arrested after bringing loaded gun into Baltimore airport
Jennifer Downs, 33, of Leesburg, was not ticketed to fly but instead received a gate pass to escort her children to their gate, according to the TSA. Downs was found to be carrying a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun in her handbag. The gun was loaded with six bullets.
The mother told TSA officials she forgot her loaded gun was in her handbag.
TSA officers detected the firearm as Downs was entering the TSA checkpoint. The gun was confiscated and Downs was charged in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, with carrying an unauthorized weapon prohibited in an airport and carrying and transporting a handgun.
People who bring firearms to checkpoints are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000, according to the TSA. Details on how to properly travel with a firearm can be found through TSA.gov.
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