Richmond International Airport makes 15th firearm arrest of 2017

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield County man was arrested at Richmond International Airport on Monday after TSA found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the man’s carry-on bag.

This is the 15th firearm that TSA officers have caught at the airport checkpoints, surpassing 10 in 2016 and 7 in 2015.

According to a TSA spokesperson, a TSA officer detected the 9 mm handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag. The handgun was loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber. The Richmond Airport Police Department confiscated the firearm and arrested the man, a resident of Midlothian, on state weapons charges.

Weapons — including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition — are not permitted in carry-on bags. TSA details how to transport firearms and ammunition safely on their web site here. 

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