NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A man received a citation from Transportation Security Administration officers at Norfolk International Airport on Monday, after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on bag.
The Pensacola, Florida man was taking his carry-on through a checkpoint X-ray machine when a TSA officer spotted the .40 caliber handgun, which was loaded with 11 bullets.
The gun was confiscated, and the man cited on a weapons charge.
Individuals who bring firearms through checkpoints could face fines of up to $13,000. A typical first offense is $3,900.
Weapons are not allowed in carry-on luggage, but people can travel with them if they are packed properly in checked bags and if owners declare the weapons' presence to an airline.
Guns must be unloaded in the checked luggage, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and paced separately from ammunition.
Because firearm possession laws vary by state and locality, the TSA reminds people to familiarize themselves with the laws for each point of travel.
More information about traveling with firearms and ammunition can be found on the TSA's website.