A Johnson Co. man was cited Monday after TSA officers at Huntington’s Tri-State Airport said he tried to take a loaded gun on an airplane. According to WSAZ, the man, who has not been identified, but is a resident of Van Lear, had a .380 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets in his carry-on bag. Reports indicated that the man told TSA officers he forgot he had the loaded gun with him. TSA contacted Airport Police who confiscated the gun, questioned the man, and cited him on a weapons violation.
Officials issued a warning in a press release on Tuesday: “As a reminder, individuals who bring weapons to a checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $13,000. Even individuals with gun carry permits are not permitted to carry a gun on an aircraft. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. The complete list of penalties is posted online here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/civil-enforcement.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. The gun must be brought to the airline check-in counter to be placed in the belly of the plane with other checked baggage. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.