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Man arrested at Charlotte airport after TSA finds loaded gun in carry-on

(Photo provided by the TSA) (Photo provided by the TSA)
Stophel (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office) Stophel (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A man was arrested at the Charlotte airport Tuesday morning after federal officials say he had a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag.

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), 41-year-old David Stophel was stopped by TSA officers at a Charlotte Douglas International Airport checkpoint.

According to officials, TSA officers found the gun and ammunition as Stophel was passing through the airport checkpoint. The gun was reportedly seen in the X-ray machine as Stophel's bag when through the conveyor belt.

The TSA said the weapon was a loaded .40 caliber handgun.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged Stophel with carrying a firearm on airport property after questioning him.

"There is a right way to travel with a firearm and a wrong way. The wrong way is to bring it to a checkpoint," the TSA said in a release Tuesday. "Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Then the firearm must be taken to the airline check-in counter."

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