Yet another gun owner has been charged with trying to pass through a Washington-area airport’s security checkpoint with a firearm. This time, the weapon was also fully loaded.
It happened Wednesday, when a Woodbridge, Virginia, man was apprehended with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at Reagan National Airport, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday.
Besides having a full complement of ammo in its magazine, the Glock 19 had a live round chambered and ready to fire.
The passenger with the Glock – whom a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police identified as Marcus A. Perry, 26 – was charged with illegal possession of a firearm on airport property.
Last week, the TSA said the agency logged its 16th such incident of the year at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport alone. The agency did not yet have a 2015 total for seizures and arrests at National or at Dulles International Airport. In 2014, the agency stopped nine people with firearms at Dulles and 14 each at BWI and National. Most of the firearms were loaded.
The TSA has posted details on how to properly travel with a firearm. But the agency also noted that airlines may have additional requirements.