The woman’s .380 caliber handgun was confiscated by TSA officials after they said she brought it to a security checkpoint.
A Leesburg woman was arrested at Baltimore Washington International on Feb. 24 after Transportation Security Administration officers caught her trying to carry a loaded handgun past a security checkpoint.
The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, was caught with a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with six bullets in her handbag. She told TSA officials that she forgot that she had her loaded gun with her while she was escorting her children to their gate, according to a TSA release.
TSA officers detected the gun as the woman was entering the TSA checkpoint. Maryland Transportation Authority Police responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the woman on state weapons charges.
Individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000, according to the release.