ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Transportation Security Administration officials say officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stopped two passengers who tried to get through checkpoints with loaded firearms in the span of three days.
Last Friday, TSA officials say an Alexandria, Va. man was caught with "a .25 caliber Raven firearm loaded with six rounds along with seven additional rounds." He was on his way to Minneapolis, say officials. He was cited by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police on a state weapons charge.
Then, on Sunday, a Centerville, Va. man was "stopped with a 9 mm caliber Rugar firearm loaded with 16 rounds and one chambered," according to officials. He was on the way to Atlanta, and was also cited by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police on a state weapons charge.
Police confiscated both firearms and ammunition, say TSA officials. Firearms, firearm parts and ammunition are not allowed in carry-on bags, but TSA says they "can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline." Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality, and you should check the laws for each location you will visit before you leave home.