RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield County man was cited on state weapons charges after being stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at Richmond International Airport on Tuesday.
TSA officers discovered a .357 caliber handgun in the man’s carry-on luggage, according to a release from RIC. The gun was loaded with six bullets and also featured a speed loader with another six bullets with it.
Richmond International Airport Police were immediately contacted by TSA officers who then confiscated the gun and cited the man.
This incident serves as a reminder that individuals are responsible for the belongings that they bring to a security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to people is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.
Individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $12,000.
The TSA screens approximately 2 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives.To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips toiReport8@wric.com.