A Mount Airy man was arrested Tuesday after being caught trying to carry an unloaded shotgun past the security checkpoint at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport, according to a news release from the Transportation Security Administration.
Jeffrey M. Carroll was charged with a violation of security regulations. The 12-gauge shotgun was not loaded, and the weapon was carried inside a locked, hard-sided firearm case as he entered the security checkpoint, the release said. The man was stopped by TSA agents who contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Police confiscated the firearm and arrested the man.
Firearms, firearm parts and ammunition must be transported as checked baggage and declared at the airport check-in counter. Lisa Farbstein, of the TSA Office of Public Affairs, wrote in the release that individuals bringing firearms to security checkpoints are subject to possible criminal charges and civil penalties from the TSA of up to $12,000.