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Loaded handgun in woman's purse is 16th gun confiscated at BWI this year

The gun pictured here was confiscated by TSA officials at  a BWI airport checkpoint on Thursday.
The gun pictured here was confiscated by TSA officials at  a BWI airport checkpoint on Thursday. (Courtesy TSA / Baltimore Sun)

A Virginia woman carrying a loaded handgun in her purse was arrested Thursday at a Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport security checkpoint.

The woman, unidentified but from Kilmarnock, Va., was carrying a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun with five bullets, according to the Transportation Safety Administration. She said her son put the gun in her bag prior to the flight, the TSA said in a statement.

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An x-ray conveyor belt revealed the gun — the 16th firearm confiscated by TSA officers at BWI this year. In 2016, officers confiscated 24 guns at BWI checkpoints. In 2015, there were 16 firearms confiscated.

TSA officers detected the gun as the woman entered the TSA checkpoint and placed her carry-on items on the x-ray conveyor belt. TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the woman on weapons charges.

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