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A York County man was arrested recently for allegedly trying to get a loaded handgun past a TSA security checkpoint at Baltimore Washington International airport.

The man, who hails from the Etters area, was stopped April 21, after a federal Transportation Security Administration officer spotted the pistol, according to TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

The officer spotted the .380 caliber Ruger thanks to an X-ray monitor, she said.

It was loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber, Farbstein said.

The man told TSA officials he forgot he had the gun in his carry-on bag, she said.

There were two dozen firearms found at BWI in 2016 and 26 found in 2017, according to Farbstein.

So far this year, seven guns have been found, she said.

More: TSA: Wrightsville man had handgun in bag at BWI Airport

It's illegal to bring guns onto airplanes, even for those with carry permits, Farbstein said, and those who do so face possible criminal charges.

The TSA can fine people up to $13,000 for weapons violations, although a typical first-offense fine for carrying a handgun into a TSA checkpoint is $3,900.

The TSA has detailed information on how to legally travel with a firearm. That information can be found at www.tsa.gov. Individual airlines might have additional requirements, Farbstein said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

 

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