NORFOLK — Transportation Security Administration agents stopped a Chesapeake man after he was found with a loaded handgun at Norfolk International Airport on Thursday.
The man, whose name has not been released, was stopped by TSA officers after he tried to pass through a security checkpoint with a .380 caliber handgun, according to a TSA news release.
An officer staffing the security checkpoint spotted the pistol, and agents later discovered it was loaded with seven rounds. One round of ammunition was loaded in the chamber of the gun, the release said.
“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items,” the release said.
TSA agents contacted airport police, who confiscated the gun and cited the man on weapons charges, according to the release.
Firearms, firearm parts and ammunition cannot be transported in carry-on baggage but can be transported in checked bags if the firearm is unloaded, secured and declared to the airline, according to TSA guidelines.
Travelers who bring such items to a security checkpoint can be subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties up to $12,000.