RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Hanover County man tried to bring a handgun with six gun magazines onto his flight at Richmond International Airport last week, but the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) prevented him from boarding.

The incident happened on Friday, January 21. TSA officers stopped the man when his carry-on bag triggered an alarm in the security checkpoint X-ray unit.

After spotting the weapon, TSA alerted airport police, who responded to the checkpoint and confiscated the gun. The man was charged with weapons violations.

Guns caught at Richmond International Airport checkpoints from 2016 to 2022*

Guns caught by year201520162017201820192020*2021*2022* (As of 1-23-22)
RIC Airport61018141422202
*Fewer travelers due to the pandemic.

TSA officers detected 5,972 firearms at airport security checkpoints nationwide in 2021. 86 percent of those guns were loaded.