A handgun was found in a Maryland man’s luggage in a security screening at BWI Marshall Airport this weekend — the eighth gun found at the airport in the first eight weeks of the year, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
The number of guns caught at the Linthicum airport in 2019 is more than one-third of last year’s total, 22, in just two months, said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.
The TSA, which recently put out its 2018 airport gun-seizure statistics, is at a loss as to why people keep bringing weapons through security checkpoints.
“It is just mind-boggling as to why this continues to happen,” Farbstein said.
The owner of the gun found Sunday, Mauricio Casanova, 41, was arrested by Maryland Transportation Authority Police with a 9mm handgun loaded with 11 bullets, and he was charged with state weapons violations, according Cpl. Edward Bartlinski, a MdTA Police spokesman.
Casanova could not be reached for comment Wednesday at a number listed for his Germantown address.
More than 4,200 guns were caught in security screenings across the country last year, averaging more than 11 per day, Farbstein said. That was a 7 percent increase from the year before.
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Eighty-six percent of those guns were loaded, and about one in three had a bullet in the chamber.