CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A North Carolina man is accused of trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane at the Charlotte airport.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), officers found the handgun at a checkpoint at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport around 4 p.m. The man, later identified as Major Pierce IV, was stopped by TSA officers with a loaded .45 caliber handgun.
An officer spotted the firearm as Pierce's carry-on bag as it went through the conveyor belt in the checkpoint X-ray machine.
The TSA officer contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, who responded to the checkpoint.
Pierce was questioned and arrested for carrying a weapon on airport property.
TSA officials say they have found 36 firearms at checkpoints in Charlotte in 2017. In 2016, 54 firearms were found.
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, according to the TSA. Then the firearm must be taken to the airline check-in counter.