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Two loaded guns detected at BWI checkpoints this week

A Prince George's County man and North Carolina woman were arrested in separate incidents this week after attempting to bring loaded handguns past security checkpoints at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, according to Lisa Farbstein, spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration.

Six guns have been caught at BWI checkpoints so far this year, Farbstein said. Nationwide, more than 1,000 guns have been caught at airport checkpoints, she said.

The woman was arrested Friday after TSA officers found a loaded 38 special handgun in her carry-on bag, Farbstein said.

She was identified as Rosane Strickland Coulon of Maxton, N.C. by 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

The man was arrested Thursday after TSA officers found a loaded 9 mm handgun in his carry-on bag, Farbstein said.

Green identified the man as Dwight Tennyson of Upper Marlboro.

In both incidents, TSA officers at checkpoints detected the guns in the carry-on bags with x-ray machines, Farbstein said.

Guns and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on bags, but may be transported if unloaded and properly packed.

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