Two people were arrested after separately bringing guns into Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport security checkpoint areas this weekend, officials said, bringing this year's total to three.
A Shepherdstown, W.Va., man was stopped Friday with a .357-caliber firearm loaded with nine bullets, the Transportation Security Administration said. An Ellicott City man, who said he was a firearms trainer, was stopped Sunday with an unloaded gun and a replica gun he said he used as a training aid, the TSA said.
“The Maryland man claimed that he was a firearms trainer, yet he was not familiar with the fact that federal law prohibits bringing firearms — real or replica — to
an airport checkpoint,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.
The TSA did not identify either man, but both were arrested by Maryland Transportation Authority police, who did not respond to a request for their identities Sunday.
A 40-year-old Georgia man was the first to be arrested in 2018 with a gun at the airport.
Twenty-five people were stopped at security checkpoints in 2017, the most of any year on record.
A first offense penalty for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is typically $3,900. A full list of penalties is listed on the TSA website.