A local man was arrested Tuesday at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after an officer caught him trying to carry a loaded gun past the security checkpoint.
Mattox Turman, 59, of Baltimore’s Locust Point neighborhood had a 9mm handgun in his carry-on bag, according to police. The Transportation Security Administration officer who was staffing the X-ray monitor detected the gun.
Twenty-five guns have been detected at the airport’s checkpoints this year, which is the most that TSA officers have caught in a single year. Last year, TSA officers blocked 24 guns at the airport’s checkpoints.TSA alerted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, which confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on weapons charges.
Turman, of the the 1200 Block of Steuart Street, is charged with bringing an unauthorized weapon into an airport screening area.
TSA has the authority to issue up to $13,000 in civil penalties for firearm violations. A first offense for carrying a handgun into a security checkpoint is typically subject to a $3,900 penalty.
Transporting guns during air travel is possible, but proper procedures must be followed. Guns have to be declared and stored in checked baggage, unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container, among other requirements.