Last updated: 03:09 PM ET, Thu July 30 2015

TSA Seizes Two Guns in Two Days at Reagan National Airport

Impacting Travel | Transportation Security Administration | Patrick Clarke | July 30, 2015

TSA Seizes Two Guns in Two Days at Reagan National Airport

Transportation Security Administration screeners have uncovered two firearms in as many days at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

TSA officials told the AP that officers found a loaded .45 caliber handgun in a carry-on bag Wednesday and then discovered an unloaded .32 caliber firearm Thursday morning.

Wednesday's seizure occurred after officers sent a carry-on bag through an X-ray machine, and Thursday's discovery was said to be made in "similar fashion," per the AP.

WUSA9 reported the .45 caliber gun belonged to a man from Alexandria, Virginia, and was loaded with six rounds, including one in the chamber. Meanwhile, Thursday's confiscated firearm was said to belong to a Frederick, Maryland man. 

Authorities believe the two incidents are unrelated, but said the two men involved in the incidents are currently facing weapons charges. 

Wednesday and Thursday's incidents bring the total number of detected firearms at Reagan National this year to six, per WUSA9. By comparison, 14 firearms were discovered by TSA officers at the airport over the course of 2014.

Travelers are permitted to fly with firearms. However, the gun must be unloaded, secured in a checked piece of luggage and declared ahead of time. While the process certainly isn't as easy as tossing it in a carry-on bag, it's guaranteed to save air travelers a lot of trouble. 


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