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Taneytown woman arrested at BWI after trying to carry on loaded handgun

A Taneytown woman was arrested Monday at BWI Airport for trying to carry a loaded semi-automatic handgun past a security checkpoint.

The .380-caliber handgun was loaded with 13 bullets, according to a news release from the Transportation Security Administration issued Thursday. The woman was not identified.

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TSA officers detected the gun among the woman's carry-on items as she was passing through the airport checkpoint, and contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who confiscated the firearm and arrested the woman on charges on state weapons charges, according to the news release.

Firearms, firearm parts and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000, according to the release.

The TSA posts details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website.

Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

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