Georgia man caught trying to carry gun past BWI Airport checkpoint is first such arrest of 2018

A 47-year-old Georgia man was arrested Thursday trying to carry a loaded handgun past a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, transportation, officials said.

The Transportation Security Administration said the arrest is the first of its kind this year at the airport. In 2017, 25 people were charged with trying to carry a gun past security at BWI.

TSA officials said the man had a .380-caliber gun loaded with eight bullets in his carry-on bag when it was entered into the X-ray machine at the security checkpoint.

A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,9000, the TSA said. A full list of penalties is listed on the TSA website.

The 25 arrests last year were the most that TSA officers have reported in a single year. In 2016, TSA officers blocked 24 guns at the airport’s checkpoints.

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