Yes, traveling with a gun you have a license for is just fine — if you check it, unloaded, in your luggage and declare it beforehand.
But Transportation Security Administration officials say a man arrested at Baltimore Washington International Airport had the handgun in his carry-on, reports CBS Baltimore.
“TSA officer who was staffing the x-ray monitor noticed what appeared to be a firearm — a handgun and two clips with 36 rounds of bullets as well,” a TSA spokeswoman said.
The passenger reportedly told officials he didn’t realize you can’t bring guns through airport security checkpoints. He was arrested and his gun was confiscated.
He’s not alone — the TSA rep said there were about 1,100 firearms detected on passengers nationwide.
So let’s be clear on this one more time, via the TSA spokeswoman: “You can never have a firearm with you in the plane cabin.”
Not loaded, not unloaded, not ever.
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Man Arrested At BWI After Gun Found In Carry-On Bag [CBS Baltimore]