Franklin County man tries to bring loaded gun onto plane at Roanoke airport

The gun was loaded with six bullets

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ROANOKE, Va. – A Franklin County man tried to bring a loaded gun onto an airplane at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport on Sunday, according to the Transportation Security Administration. 

TSA officers stopped the man, a Rocky Mount resident, as he was entering the checkpoint with a .380 caliber handgun that was loaded with six bullets. 

Police confiscated the gun and cited the man on a state weapons charge. They have not released his name. 

Travelers who bring guns to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000. The typical first offense is $3,000.

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.