Local man stopped with gun at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

Courtesy of TSA

The Transportation Security Administration says an official discovered a loaded handgun in a carry-on bag at a Virginia airport.

A news release from the TSA says the gun loaded with six bullets was found Tuesday at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says it was inside a carry-on bag belonging to a Troutville man. Airport police cited the man and confiscated the gun. His name wasn't released.

Farbstein says this is the fourth gun the agency has detected at the airport this year. Six guns were spotted at the airport's security checkpoint last year.

Nationwide, the TSA says more than 4,000 guns were discovered in carry-on bags at security checkpoints last year and 86% were loaded.

Passengers are allowed to have guns in checked bags if they are properly packaged and declared.

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