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TSA finds third loaded gun in one week at BWI

Posted: 1:42 PM, Jun 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-28 08:27:05-04

Three people have been arrested at BWI Airport this week after a loaded gun was found in their luggage. 

The third arrest was on Wednesday after a woman from Lancaster, Pennsylvania claims she didn't know the gun was in her bag. A Prince George's County man was caught with his gun on June 23 and an Anne Arundel County man was caught on June 21. 

The gun in the woman's luggage was found in her carry-on bag when it entered the TSA checkpoint X-ray machine. She told the TSA officer that her husband was the last to use the suitcase and that he packed it in the bag on his last trip and left it there. 

In her suitcase was a .357 caliber handgun with seven bullets. She claims she did not know it was in the bag when she packed her stuff, but she was still arrested and charged. 

TSA has the authority to access civil penalties up to $13,000 for weapons violations, but a typical first-offense fee is $3,900.