RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Richmond International Airport prevented a California man from boarding his flight with a loaded handgun.

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TSA stopped the man after his carry-on bag triggered an alarm at the security checkpoint. Officers found a handgun that was loaded with nine bullets.

The airport police responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the handgun and cited the man for a weapons violation.

This is the 11th gun caught this year at Richmond International Airport.

Guns caught at Richmond International Airport checkpoints from 2015 to 2022

Guns caught by year20152016201720182019202020212022(As of 8/3/22)
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Firearms caught by TSA officers at Richmond International Airport checkpoints, 2015 to 2022

TSA detected over 5,900 firearms at airport security checkpoints nationwide in 2021. Eighty-six percent of those guns were loaded.