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Man facing charges after caught with loaded gun at airport

FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a plane lands at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Union officials says new, state-of-the-art airport towers due to go into operation this fall in San Francisco and Las Vegas need extensive remodeling so they can accommodate technology dating back more than half a century but still relied on by air traffic controllers. The looming problem was news to the federal official who's in charge of air traffic operations. A meeting Monday will look into the matter. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

FILE – A plane lands at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Union officials says new, state-of-the-art airport towers due to go into operation this fall in San Francisco and Las Vegas need extensive remodeling so they can accommodate technology dating back more than half a century but still relied on by air traffic controllers. The looming problem was news to the federal official who’s in charge of air traffic operations. A meeting Monday will look into the matter. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man has been cited on state weapons charges after he was caught with a loaded gun at a security checkpoint at Richmond International Airport.

Transportation Security Administration officials said in a news release that the incident happened Monday.

The man was stopped when TSA officers detected a handgun in one of the unidentified man’s carry-on bags as he entered the checkpoint. Officials say the gun was loaded with six bullets.

TSA officials contacted airport police, who confiscated the gun and cited the man.

Weapons — including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition-are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are properly packed.

 

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