Man stopped at Charlotte-Douglas trying to bring loaded handgun on plane

Man stopped at Charlotte-Douglas trying to bring loaded handgun on plane

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man was stopped Tuesday as he tried to bring a loaded gun onto a plane at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

The incident happened just after 7 a.m. at Checkpoint A. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials said the man had a loaded .380 handgun in his carry-on bag.

The gun was found when the bag went through the X-ray machine on the conveyor belt at the checkpoint.

This marks the 51st firearm found at checkpoints at Charlotte-Douglas this year, compared to 54 found in 2016.

TSA officials released a statement about traveling with firearms.

There is a right way to travel with a firearm and a wrong way. The wrong way is to bring it to a checkpoint.  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.

The man's name has not been released. It is not clear if he is facing any charges.

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