TSA: man stopped from bringing loaded gun on plane in Lynchburg

This .380 caliber handgun was detected by TSA officers at the Lynchburg Regional Airport checkpoint on Tuesday, September 27. (Photo courtesy of TSA.) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

LYNCHBURG (WSLS 10) —Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers prevented a Campbell County man from bringing a loaded handgun on board an airplane at the Lynchburg Regional Airport checkpoint on Tuesday.

The Rustburg man was stopped by TSA officers at the checkpoint with a .380 caliber handgun, loaded with six rounds of ammunition.

Officers found the gun as the man was passing through the airport checkpoint. The officer who was working the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the firearm as it passed along the conveyor belt.

Lynchburg Regional Airport Police were contacted and responded, confiscated the gun, and issued the man a citation on a state weapons charge.

There was no impact to airport operations.

TSA says this incident serves as a reminder that passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint.

The administration urges passengers to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal items.  You can view a comprehensive list of prohibited items at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/prohibited-items.

TSA says passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.