TSA: Kentucky man tried to take loaded gun on plane at airport

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Kentucky man was cited after TSA officers said he tried to take a loaded gun on an airplane at the Huntington Tri-State Airport.

TSA officials said the man had a .380 caliber handgun loaded with six bullets.

The man, who is from Van Lear, Kentucky according to officials, had the gun in his carry-on bag Monday.

The man told TSA officers he forgot he had the loaded gun with him.

TSA contacted the airport police. Police confiscated the gun, questioned the man, and cited him on a weapons violation.

Officials issued this warning in a press release Tuesday:

"As a reminder, individuals who bring weapons to a checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $13,000. Even individuals with gun carry permits are not permitted to carry a gun on an aircraft. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. The complete list of penalties is posted online here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/civil-enforcement.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be 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. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.

Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site here: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies."