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Ex-CIA official arrested for allegedly trying to bring gun through BWI security

A.B. “Buzzy”Krongard, a former top CIA official and longtime Baltimore business leader, was arrested at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Thursday for allegedly attempting to bring a loaded handgun onto an airplane.
A.B. “Buzzy”Krongard, a former top CIA official and longtime Baltimore business leader, was arrested at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Thursday for allegedly attempting to bring a loaded handgun onto an airplane. (Transportation Security Administration)

A.B. "Buzzy"Krongard, a former top CIA official and longtime Baltimore business leader, was arrested at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Thursday for allegedly attempting to bring a loaded handgun onto an airplane.

Krongard, 78, was found with a 9 mm handgun loaded with five rounds as he was passing through an airport checkpoint with a ticket to fly to Long Island-MacArthur Airport in New York, according to a statement released by Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

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The gun was spotted in Krongard's carry-on bag by a Transportation Security Administration officer staffing a checkpoint X-ray machine.

Krongard, who lives in Lutherville, could not be reached for comment.

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The TSA contacted MdTA Police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and arrested Krongard on weapons charges. There was no impact on airport operations.

Krongard, the former chairman and CEO of the one-time Baltimore investment bank Alex. Brown & Sons, served as the executive director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the third-highest-ranking position, under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004.

He has served on the board of directors for Under Armour since July 2005 and has been the board's lead director for the past nine years, according to his biography listed on Under Armour's website.

Krongard is not the only prominent Baltimore businessman who has been caught with a loaded handgun in a carry-on bag at BWI. In February 2011, Edwin F. Hale Sr., the founder of 1st Mariner Bank and owner of the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team, was issued a summons for bringing a loaded .38-caliber revolver into BWI.

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Hale said at the time he had forgotten that the gun, for which he had a permit, was in his briefcase when it was spotted at a security checkpoint.

Hale accepted probation before judgment in the case. Anne Arundel County District Court in Glen Burnie fined him $342.50.

Separately, TSA officers at Hagerstown Regional Airport stopped a Virginia man Thursday from bringing a loaded semiautomatic gun onto a plane, the TSA said.

The TSA seized 14 guns at BWI checkpoints in 2014 and 13 in 2013.

Firearms, firearm parts and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on bags but can be transported in checked bags if they are properly packed and declared to the airline. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and packed separately from ammunition.

Travelers who bring firearms to an airport checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000.

Krongard could face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $500 on the weapons charge.

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