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Salem man cited after bringing loaded gun to Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Transportation Security Administration officers at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport stopped a Salem man from bringing a loaded .38 caliber handgun onto a flight Monday.

The unidentified man was stopped at the checkpoint when a TSA officer detected the handgun, which was loaded with six bullets, as it was on the conveyor belt inside his carry-on bag.

The man told the officer he forgot he had the gun with him.

Police confiscated the weapon and cited the man on a state weapons charge.

He could face penalties from TSA of up to $11,000.