A loaded firearm was found at the Chattanooga Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
The Transportation Security Administration discovered the weapon at a security checkpoint around 3:46 p.m., according to a news release.
A 9mm Ruger LC-9 pistol was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag, the release stated. Airport police were alerted, then confiscated the firearm and ammunition.
Local law enforcement issued a citation to the passenger.
This is the first firearm found by the TSA at the Chattanooga Airport in 2014.
While firearms may be transported in checked baggage (provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded), they are prohibited in carry-on bags.
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