BALTIMORE — On Sunday, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) caught a Gwinn Oak man with two knives and a .38 caliber revolver loaded with five bullets at the checkpoint.
A TSA officer spotted the knives and handgun in the man’s carry-on bag while it was inside the checkpoint X-ray machine.
They immediately alerted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who arrived at the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and detained the man for questioning before arresting him on weapons charges.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage, if they are properly packaged and declared at their airline ticket counter. However, firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition.
Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.