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Wythe Co. man found with gun at Roanoke Airport

This .38 caliber handgun was caught by TSA officers on Tuesday at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. (TSA photo)
This .38 caliber handgun was caught by TSA officers on Tuesday at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. (TSA photo) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Transportation Security Administration officers stopped a Wythe County man from bringing a loaded .38-caliber semi-automatic handgun onto an airplane at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport on Tuesday.

The Wytheville man was entering the checkpoint with the handgun, which was loaded with six bullets, when the TSA officer, who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine, detected the gun as it passed along the conveyor belt inside the man's carry-on bag.

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

Weapons, including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, are not permitted in carry-on bags. Anyone who brings firearms to the checkpoint is subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000.

Passengers can 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. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.

Click here for more information about how to travel with a firearm.