TSA: Man with loaded gun at BWI 'forgot' he had weapon

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 07:57:05-04

A Laurel man was arrested at BWI Thursday after he tried to go through security with a loaded gun in his backpack.

TSA officers found a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with nine bullets in addition to an extra magazine with nine more bullets. The man told officials that he forgot that he was carrying his loaded gun with him.

Officers detected the gun as the man put his carry-on items on the x-ray conveyor belt. Maryland Transportation Authority police responded to the checkpoint and arrested the man on weapons charges.

TSA has confiscated 21 firearms at BWI in 2017 so far.