TSA Officers Stop Two More People With Guns At Charlotte Douglas International Airport

CHARLOTTE, NC — Transportation Security Administration officers stopped two more passengers with guns Sunday and Monday as they tried to clear security checkpoints at the Charlotte airport.

On Sunday, officers stopped a man from Grover, NC when they spotted a .380 caliber gun in his carry-on as it passed through the x-ray machine. Officials say the gun was loaded with six bullets.

Then on Monday, a Denver, NC woman was stopped for having a .22 caliber gun loaded with three bullets in her carry-on.

Officials do not believe the incidents are related.

So far this year, 62 guns have been found at security checkpoints at Charlotte Douglas. By comparison, TSA officers stopped only 54 guns from going through in 2016 and 42 in 2015.

“There is a right way to travel with a firearm and a wrong way. The right way is to bring it to the airline check-in counter unloaded in a locked hard-sided case so it travels with checked luggage. The wrong way is to bring it to a checkpoint. Never bring a gun to a checkpoint,” said Kevin Frederick, TSA’s Federal Security Director for North Carolina. “The TSA officers at Charlotte are highly skilled, as evidenced by these gun catches. However, we would rather that people pack their guns properly for travel or leave them home.”

For more information on how to properly travel with a firearm, click here.