NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A Chesapeake man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at Norfolk International Airport after trying to board a plane with a loaded handgun.

The man was stopped at a checkpoint on Oct. 25 with a nine millimeter handgun loaded with 15 bullets and two magazines with 43 additional bullets.

TSA officials say the gun and ammunition were detected after an officer working at the checkpoint's X-Ray machine saw the items as they passed along the conveyor belt inside the man's carry-on bag, according to TSA officials.

Norfolk Airport Authority Police was contacted immediately and responded to the checkpoint. The owner of the handgun was questioned and cited by officers.

Transportation officials say passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. The firearm must then be taken to the airline check-in counter.

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