Two Virginia and Maryland residents were recently stopped by Transportation Security Administration officials at separate airport checkpoints for carrying guns, the agency announced Wednesday.
A woman from Arlington, Va., was halted Tuesday by the TSA at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after it was discovered she was carrying a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag.
TSA officers immediately notified the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police after they found the loaded 9 mm handgun with 14 bullets in the woman’s carry-on bag. The woman was detained for questioning before being cited on weapons charges.
The weapon was the 13th handgun that the TSA has caught at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this year.
The agency also announced Wednesday that a Hagerstown, Md., man was found with an unloaded .40 caliber rifle at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Friday.
The man said he was unaware he was in possession of the gun because his mom packed his bag. The weapon was ultimately confiscated and the man was arrested on weapons charges.
The rifle was the 20th that TSA has caught at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport this year.