Kentucky man cited for having loaded gun in carry-on bag at Huntington Airport

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Kentucky man was caught bringing a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint at Huntington Tri-State Airport on Monday.

Transportation Security Administration officials say TSA officers stopped a man from Van Lear, Kentucky after they found a .380 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets in his carry-on bag.

TSA officers stopped the Van Lear, Kentucky, resident with a .380 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets.

TSA contacted HTS Airport Police, who confiscated the gun, questioned the man and cited him on a weapons violation.

The man told police and the TSA he forgot he had his loaded gun with him.

The TSA says anyone who brings weapons to an airport security checkpoint may face a federal fine of up to $13,000.

A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into an airport security checkpoint is $3,900, according to the TSA.

By law, even individuals with gun carry permits are not permitted to carry a gun on an aircraft.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition.

The gun must be brought to the airline check-in counter to be placed in the belly of the plane with other checked baggage.

You can see the TSA's complete rules and recommendations for traveling legally and safely with firearms and ammunition in the "Related Links" section of this story.

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