Ellicott City woman with loaded handgun arrested at BWI

Posted at 12:07 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 12:21:40-04

A Maryland woman was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun through a checkpoint at BWI airport Tuesday.

The Ellicott City resident told Transportation Security Administration officers that she keeps a gun in her purse for protection and forgot she had it with her. The gun was loaded with seven bullets.

The incident happened hours after a Pennsylvania man was caught with a .32 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets at another BWI checkpoint.

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Officials do not believe the two incidents are related.

According to the TSA, the incidents marked the sixth and seventh guns caught at BWI so far in 2017.