WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Lincoln man who had a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at T.F. Green Airport was caught while passing through a security checkpoint.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), officers learned of the gun when his carry-on bag went through the X-ray machine.
The officers then contacted airport police who confiscated the gun, a .380 caliber Ruger LCP II which was loaded with six bullets. The man was detained for questioning but was later released and allowed to board his flight.
This is the first time this year a gun was discovered at the airport’s checkpoint. Last year, TSA officers found four firearms at T.F Green Airport’s checkpoint.
Nationwide, TSA officers confiscated 4,239 firearms from carry-on bags at checkpoints last year, averaging approximately 12 firearms per day. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun through a security checkpoint is $3,900.