Caught with rifle in carry-on bag at BWI Airport, Md. man blames his mom

    TSA officers prevented a man from bringing this rifle onto an airplane on Friday, October 12th at BWI Airport. (Photo courtesy of TSA.)

    A Maryland man was arrested when he was caught trying to bring a collapsible rifle onto a plane at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport last Friday.

    The man told officers he didn’t know the rifle was in his carry-on bag because his mother had packed the bag for him, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration.

    The Hagerstown man was carrying a .40 caliber rifle. It was not loaded.

    A TSA officer spotted the rifle in the carry-on bag at a checkpoint X-ray machine. Maryland Transportation Authority Police confiscated the rifle. The man was arrested on weapons charges.

    It was the 20th gun caught at BWI this year, TSA says. Officers caught 24 guns in 2016 and 26 in 2017 at BWI.

    Individuals with firearms permits are not allowed to carry guns on airplanes.

    Check here for more information from TSA about firearms restrictions at airports, potential criminal charges, and fines (up to $13,000).

    For guidelines about how to travel with unloaded firearms as checked baggage go to the TSA website.

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